Dentistry has witnessed enormous advances during the two decades I have been practicing. I am fascinated by new procedures and take pride in my cutting edge practice. I was the first dentist in the Atlanta area to use laser light technology for surgery, to specialize in implant procedures, and now I am using stem cells to promote faster healing for my patients. I frequently attend conferences and learning seminars that keep me up to date for my patients.
When our patients need gum surgery, at Atlanta Periodontics we have state of the art options to minimize their discomfort and maximize their healing. Surgery is performed with laser. The benefits of a laser surgery versus conventional surgery are clear. We find that laser surgery also benefits our patients because it involves fewer visits than traditional surgery requires.
LASER GUM SURGERY DIFFERENCE
Traditional gum surgery, as performed by most periodontists, involves extensive shots for numbing and using a scalpel to cut the gums, pulling them back to expose teeth roots and jawbone. Then the infected area is cleaned, jawbone is examined and repaired as needed (reshaped or grafted), then gums are stitched, or sutured, back into place. The gums may also be cut to create a pocket for effective cleaning and to remove infected tissue.
Using the laser for gum therapy, my patients have a much healthier experience and outcome. There are no scalpels, no sutures, and less need for shots! The gums are cut with laser light, not scalpels. There is no need to cut the gums to expose teeth roots and jaw, instead the laser fiber is used to remove scar tissue lining the gum and kill bacteria which caused the infection. The roots are cleaned ultrasonically. The laser is again used to seal around the tooth, allowing your body to regenerate the attachment of gum to tooth. There is no gum amputation to create a pocket, as with traditional surgery. Unlike a handheld scalpel, the laser is more precise. The laser promotes healthy, natural healing. In severe cases, I can augment the procedure making a poultice from your own stem cells to advance healing (read my blog on stem cells for healing).
I find that because laser gum surgery is less invasive than traditional, my patients’ downtime, healing time, and discomfort time are dramatically reduced. In a few days my patients are back to normal, with no stitches, less pain and much less chance of infection. Downtime for traditional scalpel surgery can be 2-4 weeks!
Both forms of gum surgery treat unhealthy gums, but with dramatic differences. Since traditional surgery removes more gum tissue, the roots of the teeth are exposed, leading to sensitivity and increased risk of cavities on teeth roots. Aesthetically, the teeth will look longer as gum is removed and more tooth is exposed. Laser surgery does not remove gum tissue and promotes the regeneration of the gums to the natural attachment to the tooth. Using the laser, I see very little gum recession, so the roots are not exposed, sensitivity and cavity risk are minimized, and the aesthetic look is not changed. I find that using the laser for my patients who need gum surgery is their best choice, too!
Email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, with your questions or concerns about dental health for children and adults.