If your gums bleed easily, or are tender or red, you may have gum disease. In the case of advanced gum disease, Dr. Corey Johnson may utilize laser dentistry in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Lasers in gum treatments means more comfort for the patient and more efficient, precise work for our dentist.
Periodontal laser therapy is performed to remove inflamed gum tissues from around the roots of the teeth. Removing the infected gums with the laser will expose the tooth roots. Root scaling, the scraping off of plaque around the gum line and roots, can then be performed. The roots are then planed, or smoothed, to help prevent the accumulation of future bacteria. The area is then allowed to heal.
The use of lasers in this procedure means that general anesthetic is usually not needed. Another benefit of lasers is that they are very precise. The damaged areas can be very accurately targeted. With laser therapy, bleeding, discomfort, and swelling are limited, so the recovery time is shorter.
Feel free to call our office today for more information about how lasers can aid our dentist in gum disease treatments and to schedule your next visit. We are dedicated to serving you and your smile!