Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy

Many patients suffer from bleeding or infected gums after or during treatment. These type of issues are called periodontal infections. Laser Assisted Periodontal (LAP) therapy helps treat periodontal infection. Periodontal infection is a bacterial infection in your gums and supporting tooth structures. If left untreated, it can lead to bone loss and destruction of the supporting structures of your teeth. LAP supports sustained stability of your periodontal health.

LAP therapy is administered by qualified professionals who have successfully completed the required course of study in the theory and practical application of the Odyssey 2.4G Laser.

Administration of LAP includes ultrasonic scaling (cleaning) which is first used to remove calculus (tartar) deposits and the biofilm from your teeth around and below your gums. Then, a small amount of laser light energy is directed through a tiny fibre, which is gently positioned between your gums and your tooth. Thermal and light energy from the laser targets bacteria that cause you gum infection. LAP stimulates the circulation and rejuvenates your gum tissues.

LAP is a non-invasive procedure and in turn causes little or no discomfort.

Generally, excellent results can be achieved in the treatment of parodontitis with informed, co-operative patients. Treatment of periodontal infection, like any other treatment, has some risks and limitations. The risks are seldom severe enough to offset the advantages of treatment, but they should be considered before you make your decision.

Maintaining your oral health is important in that there may be a relationship between your general health and your periodontal health. Dental research increasingly reports a connection between healthy gums and overall health. Recent studies show an association between gum disease and heart disease, stroke, adverse pregnancy outcomes and diabetes. Given the link amongst chronic infections including periodontal infection and your systemic health, prevention and treatment of your periodontal condition is an important step in improving your overall health.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Infection

  • Red inflamed gums
  • Gum recession
  • Bad breath
  • Loose/mobile teeth
  • Any bleeding when flossing or brushing
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together

Factors contributing to increased risk of periodontal disease:

  • Ineffective oral hygiene
  • Dental biofilm (plaque and tartar buildup)
  • Smoking
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Crowded, tilted teeth
  • Compromised immune system
  • Stress
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Medication side effects

Getting Treatment for Gingivitis

The good news is that gingivitis can now be treated and reversed using Laser assisted periodontal treatment. Your first step is to locate a dentist that offers LAP therapy for which we can make recommendations for in the Alabama and Georgia area. He or she will then clean your teeth and teach you what to do to help heal your gums after the initial laser treatment is over.