Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

Periodontitis, more commonly known as gum disease, has a potential impact that goes far beyond bleeding gums. If left unchecked, gum disease can cause tooth loss and negatively affect your overall health by increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. Research completed by the American Academy of Periodontology shows that people with gum disease are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease.

At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, we can treat gum disease through our revolutionary laser therapy.

What is laser therapy?

Laser technology is a more precise, minimally invasive alternative to other periodontal treatments such as traditional gum surgery, to treat gum disease.

What should I expect during my laser therapy procedure?

First, a local anesthetic is applied to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Then a tiny laser fiber is inserted between the tooth and gum, clearing away any infection. The precision of the laser allows removal of only the diseased tissue while leaving the healthy surrounding tissue intact. To remove tartar buildup from around the tooth roots, we use an ultrasonic scaler and small dental cleaning instruments. The laser is used once more to reduce the bacteria and stimulate the growth of new root surface and connective tissue. The entire procedure is done without making a single incision.

What are the benefits to laser therapy?

Another benefit is that the laser immediately cauterizes the wound, and seals the nerve endings. This means minimal bleeding, and a significant reduction in pain and discomfort after the procedure.

Other advantages of laser therapy include the following:

  • No cutting of the gums with a scalpel
  • Less recovery time
  • Safe for patients with certain pre-existing conditions (diabetes, hemophilia, HIV, those who take blood thinners)
  • Preserves a greater quantity of the gum tissue while also minimizing exposure and damage to the roots of teeth.

What should I expect following my procedure?

Although your gums may be swollen or sore for about a week following a laser procedure, you can immediately return to your normal activities—although we recommend sticking to a soft diet at first and using an oral hygiene rinse. Any post-procedure pain usually can be managed by taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen.

Do you have gum disease and want to know more about laser therapy? Call the Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry office at (831) 438-4411 to schedule an appointment.

Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry serves patients located in the California communities of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley.