Laser Gum Treatment in Dental Hygiene

Laser gum treatment is an advanced method of treating disease that goes beyond basic hand scaling and debris removal. Dr. James R. Donley at Lumbertown Dental in North Muskegon, Michigan has been using lasers in his office for many years to treat his patients with periodontal pockets. Lasers have been in dentistry for over thirty years. We have found the laser is a great adjunct to improving oral health. It kills the bad bacteria and helps the gums heal faster.

We utilize the HOYA ConBio DioDent II diode laser in our practice. We have found many of the following benefits from using this laser:

  • Minimal discomfort during procedures
  • Minimal bleeding following procedures
  • Minimizes swelling after cleanings
  • Preserves healthy tooth structure and tissue
  • Improve impressions when doing a crown – better margins means longer lasting crown
  • Kills bacteria
  • Cleans the area before cementing a crown

Specific Dental Procedures That Are Done With the Laser:

We are able to do pocket reduction using the dental laser. Around each of the teeth is a pocket – also called the sulcus. Bacteria and debris trap in this pocket and irritate the gums. By killing the bacteria, the tissue shrinks and “toughens up” and the inflammation disappears.

Bleeding gums are not “normal”. If you have gums that bleed when you brush or floss, it means there is infection there. Normally your brushing and flossing techniques need to be improved. The with a professional cleaning in conjunction with using the diode laser to help kill the bacteria that are causing infection, this bleeding can be eliminated.

Recovery time after laser treatment is quick. The body responds very positively to the healing effects of the laser.

The American Dental Association acknowledges that periodontal disease in high in the public. Using a soft tissue laser can help improve your particular situation. By destroying the bacteria that cause infection, you end up with healthier gums and there is a strong correlation between healthy gums and heart disease. (Allowing bacteria to get into your blood stream when you have bleeding gums has a high correlation to cardiovascular issues.)

If you are interested in finding out more about laser dentistry, please contact our office today!