Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy
What Is Laser Assisted Therapy?
Periodontal laser therapy is a new solution to treat multiple types of gum diseases. Unlike traditional scaling and root planing or gum flap surgery, laser therapy is minimally invasive and relatively painless. Dr. Free offers this innovative new option to treat periodontal diseases.
How Does It Work?
LAPT (laser assisted periodontal therapy) uses a laser to target and destroy diseased tissues on the gums and any bacteria stuck in the periodontal pockets. The laser beam is combined with water to provide a gentler and more comfortable procedure for the patient. There is no need to cut the gums or bone as necessary in gum flap surgery. The device is so precise, leaving healthy gum tissue intact.
Benefits of LAPT
Comfort. It is a significantly more comfortable procedure than traditional periodontal disease treatments. No general anesthesia is required to get through the procedure. There is less swelling and pain because the treatment is far less invasive than other options.
Precision. These lasers are extremely accurate tools so dentists can target problem areas while avoiding healthy tissues. This makes for a safer, less painful procedure and faster recovery times.
Faster Recovery. Laser precision and minimal invasiveness lead to a faster, more natural regrowth and healing of gum tissue. The laser also sterilizes as it removes diseased tissue to help inhibit infection or reinfection of the periodontal disease.
One of the most significant benefits of LAPT is that the healing process is much faster compared to traditional treatments like deep cleaning (scaling and root planing). You may feel some pain, sensitivity, swelling, or bleeding for the first 24 hours after your treatment. But after a day or two, you’ll feel nearly wholly normal. You can get back to your regular routine right away, so you won’t have to worry about taking time off work or school.