The first laser was developed in 1960, based on concepts developed by Albert Einstein many decades before. Shortly after the arrival of the first laser, dental researchers began to investigate how lasers may be used to aid dentists in their work. By the mid 1990s, the first dental lasers were released.
Lasers in Periodontics
Traditionally, (and in some cases we still perform this method), we used hand tools to scrape calculus and plaque out of the gumline and around the tooth root. The advent of lasers, however, has allowed us to treat many of our patients in a less invasive way than what we have done in the past.
Lasers have several benefits over traditional root scaling and other periodontal surgeries:
- Generally speaking, anesthesia isn’t required as the procedure is less painful, particularly when excising diseased gum tissue.
- Healing time is usually shorter because of the less-invasive nature of the process.
- Pain and bleeding is also less when lasers are used.
- And, finally, lasers are very good at targeting diseased areas with precision, and therefore saving adjacent tissue from trauma.
The cost of the treatment is totally dependent on the extent of your gum therapy needs. However, it is worth pointing out that sometimes the laser procedures are less expensive than traditional periodontal surgery. This is due to the fact that fewer visits are required.
In short, if you’ve been told that you need to have extensive periodontal treatment and long-term care, you may benefit by starting with our laser process, right here in our office. Give us a call to find out if you are a good candidate for laser periodontal therapy!