Published: 11/12/2018

Advancements in technology have vastly improved the quality of our lives, including the experience we have in the periodontist’s chair. The implementation of lasers in dental treatments has enhanced patient comfort, convenience, and overall results. Laser dentistry is now a commonly requested service, yet fewer than 10% of periodontists offer it, as it requires a significant investment in equipment and training. There are two general types of lasers your periodontist in Rockville, MD, may use: soft tissue and hard tissue. You may not be surprised to learn that patients who have laser procedures report much higher satisfaction rates to their periodontists than those who have conventional treatments.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry for Periodontal Tissue

  • The laser replaces the scalpel and eliminates the need for your periodontist to place sutures
  • Minimizes bleeding and swelling associated with procedures
  • Decreased chance of infection as the laser sterilizes everything in its path
  • Reduced discomfort, during and after treatments
  • Less downtime and faster recovery after procedures
  • Laser beams increase accuracy and precision, preserving the tissue surrounding the treatment site
  • When used to treat gum disease, the laser can encourage the regeneration of bone
  • Safe and effective for every patient, regardless of existing medical condition or prescription use

Most Common Laser Dentistry Periodontal Procedures

  • Gum Disease: Your periodontist may use a laser instead of conventional scalpels and sutures. The result is little to no bleeding and discomfort, immediately reduced swelling, and regrowth of the bone that supports your teeth.
  • Gummy Smiles: The laser can be used to quickly cut away excess tissue, revealing more of the tooth surface beneath. Gum recontouring can create an even, aesthetic gum line while also preparing a tooth to attach a dental crown.
  • Tongue-Tie: Periodontists incorporate laser into a frenectomy, cutting tissue that restricts the tongue and prevents infants from breastfeeding
  • Sleep Apnea: Some cases of this sleep disorder can be corrected by gently eliminating excess soft tissue surrounding the throat.

For more information about laser dentistry, schedule a consultation with Steven N. Rice, experienced periodontist in Rockville, MD. Dr. Rice offers laser treatments as well as additional advanced technology to ensure patient comfort and the highest level of care.

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