A laser is quite a useful device in the world of dentistry. While there are numerous applications of lasers in dental procedures, the most prominent one has to be the removal of soft tissues in the case of gum diseases.
What is periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a gum disease that is known to have drastic effects on one’s oral health. Patients with periodontitis can show symptoms such as the decay of gum tissues, receding gum line, bleeding gums, discharge of pus from the decayed tissues, deeper gum pockets, and jawbone deterioration. The best and most effective way to treat periodontitis is through periodontal therapy, which includes using a laser to get rid of the decayed tissues.
How is the laser used?
The dentist will conduct a thorough diagnosis of the oral condition and determine the best treatment solution. Scaling and root planing will be conducted to eliminate the plaque and tartar deposits from the teeth and root surfaces. Next, the soft tissues will be removed using laser therapy. A highly intense beam of the laser is directed at the decayed tissues, which will instantly vaporize the tissues and seal the wound underneath.
What are the advantages of soft-tissues laser therapy?
- Before lasers were used to remove decayed soft tissues, they were removed by means of surgery. This involved the need for anesthesia, surgically cutting and removing the decayed tissues, and sealing the wound using sutures. Laser therapy is quite a simple and straightforward process compared to it.
- Laser therapy significantly reduces the pain experienced during tissue removal.
- There’s no need for sutures as there’s no bleeding, and the wound is instantly sealed.
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