Laser Gum Treatment
The laser gum treatment is an alternative periodontal treatment to traditional gum surgery to regenerate tissue. Utilizing the body's own natural ability to "heal itself", we utilizes the NV micro laser without a scalpel and sutures.
Measurement of pockets. We will first measure the pocket between your teeth and gums. The depth of your pocket indicates the severity of gum disease you may have. This will help your doctor determine how much damage has occurred and the best course of treatment.
Laser removes bacteria. Your dentist will then use the NV micro laser to remove the diseased tissue from the pocket. The laser produces pulses of laser light that selectively removes the bacteria from the mouth without harming healthy gum tissue.
Removal of calculus. Next, your doctor will use an ultrasonic scaler to remove the calculus from the tooth below the gum line. This is done to create a clean and sterile environment for healing to occur.
Clot is formed. The NV micro laser is then used a second time. During this second pass, the laser is used to stimulate blood from the bone and soft tissue to form a clot around the tooth.
Tissue compression. The gums are then recompressed around the tooth and the newly formed clot.
Adjustment of bite. Lastly, your doctor will adjust your bite. It is important that your teeth fit together without causing trauma to the teeth as you speak or chew. Any trauma to the teeth can disturb the clots and healing.
Laser Gum treatment Post-Operative Instructions
- Anti-microbial rinses and antibiotic medications may be prescribed for you. Take any prescribed medications according to directions and continue taking until all meds are gone.
- Reduce physical activity for several hours following surgery.
- Periodontal laser procedures usually result in little or no discomfort following surgery.
- For the first 24 hour period immediately following surgery, take two (2) Advil or Motrin (Ibuprofen) every 4-6 hours even if you do not have any pain.
- For the first 24 hour period immediately following surgery, stay on a liquid diet only. For the following 3-7 days after surgery, a soft diet is recommended. Try to eat soft but nutritious foods such as eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, malts, ice cream, etc. Stay away from spicy and "chippy" foods. It is also important to maintain good fluid intake during this period.
- Carefully avoid chewing food in the areas of the mouth where the laser has been used for at least one week following surgery. One of the most important results of laser surgery is the blood clots that form following surgery. It is extremely important not to dislodge the tiny clots that form in and around the gums.
- Do not be alarmed with any color changes or appearance of tissues following laser therapy. Tissues can be gray, yellow, red, blue, purple, "stringy" and reflect normal response to laser treatments.
- It is OK to spit, rinse, and wash your mouth today. Rinse as directed with Peridex or Periogard morning and night. In between, it is OK to rinse gently every three (3) hours with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8oz. glass of warm water). Do not brush or floss your teeth until instructed to do so (see Treatment and Home Care sequence sheet).
- Try to keep your mouth as clean as possible in order to help the healing process. Brush, floss, and follow other home care measures in all the areas of your mouth except for to the surgery area.
- Do not apply excessive tongue or cheek pressure to the surgery area.
- Light bleeding
- Slight swelling
- Some soreness, tenderness, or tooth sensitivity
- Medicinal taste, from Peridex or Periogard
- Prolonged or severe pain
- Prolonged or excessive bleeding
- Considerably elevated or persistent temperature
Do not be alarmed that beginning within two weeks after therapy and extending as long as one year or more, the teeth may become sore, tender, or sensitive as the bone and ligaments around the teeth regenerate and become more firm. This is a sign of healing, but may also indicate the presence of a bite imbalance that may need to be adjusted.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call us! 613-232-8000