Gum disease, when left untreated, can be destructive not only to your teeth and gums, but to your overall health, as it has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and strokes. Unfortunately, treating severe cases of gum disease can be extremely painful, uncomfortable, and not to mention time consuming, which is why many people tend to put it off or choose pass on treatment.
Tumwater Family Dentistry understands the reluctance involved with seeking treatment for severe gum disease, which is why we have incorporated the PerioLase dental laser into our practice.
PerioLase is a laser dental treatment that is specifically designed to treat infections that happen as a result of gum diseases, such as gingivitis or periodontal disease. These infections happen when bacteria start to grow underneath the gums. The only way to treat the infection is to get underneath the gums and clean out the area.
In the past, the only way to clean out infections under the gum is through a lengthy, painful surgical process. It would take months of treatments that involved the painful cutting of the gums and stitches that took time to heal. The PerioLase changed all that for our patients.
PerioLase treatments help our patients successfully treat gum disease without having to go through all the pain and anguish associated with the surgical procedure. When our patients are undergoing PerioLase treatments, there is no cutting of the gums involved, which completely eliminates the need to have to deal with painful stitches for days or weeks after the procedure.
The number of treatments needed when undergoing PerioLase varies depending upon the severity of the gum disease. Some patients may only need to undergo two or three 2-hour appointments, before they are completely treated.
The best part of PerioLase is you can return to your regular day-to-day activities almost immediately. There may be some pain and discomfort, but most of our patients are back to their normal routine within 24. This is a huge difference in recovery time from the surgical procedure, which could take up to a week.