CO2 Dental Laser Elgin, TX
The dental laser: Periodontal therapy—without surgery!
You probably knew for a while there was something not quite right with your gums: they’re puffy, they’re painful, they bleed too easily. Now in the office, it’s confirmed: you have some form of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S. It’s a type of infection that can progress destructively, often unnoticed, just like undiagnosed hypertension or diabetes.
Halting the disease could require surgery to cut away the infected portion of your gums. But what if a technology existed that permitted a dentist to provide care in a more predictably successful way, and without surgery?
That option exists today—in the form of our CO2 (carbon dioxide) dental laser. A tiny, focused beam of carbon dioxide is illuminated with focused light to very selectively remove minute portions of infected gum tissue. At the same time, it seals off tiny blood vessels and nerve endings while instantly stimulating healing. The bacteria causing the infection are actually vaporized!
Fast, Safe, Effective
Use of lasers in treating periodontal disease is extremely safe. The laser light is intensely bright so protective eyewear is typically all you’ll need. The healing is much more rapid than with conventional gum surgery; there are no dressings to wear or even any open wounds. In most cases it can be used with no more than topical anesthesia.
Dentists see lasers for what they are: simply the source of a focused beam of light. But patients hopeful of halting the spread of periodontal disease see it more as a high-tech magic wand that solves the problem without cutting or surgery.
Periodontal disease is never fun, but now we have tools to treat it virtually painlessly. The laser lets us provide gentle gum treatment and is definitely not to be feared!