The only option for treating gum disease was once surgery. After the anesthetic wore off, patients faced a painful recovery period and several follow-up visits. Fortunately, laser surgery has changed the way John O. Leitner, DDS, your Grand Haven dentist, treats gum disease. When compared to traditional surgical options, laser treatment offers a variety of benefits, including:
Less pain: Instead of a scalpel, your dentist uses a thin laser fiber that fits between your teeth and gums. The laser removes the infection responsible for gum disease. Because there is no cutting, there's less pain during and after the procedure. You'll only need a local anesthetic, and in most cases, can return to your regular activities after the procedure.
Quicker results: If you have traditional gum surgery, you'll visit your dentist at least four times for treatment. There will also be additional appointments to remove stitches and check on your progress after every treatment. Laser gum treatment only requires two 2-hour sessions and two follow-up exams.
Shorter recovery: Recovery typically takes less than 24 hours, while the traditional recovery period is two to four weeks.
Freedom to eat what you want: It's no surprise that your mouth will be sore and swollen if it's been cut open with a scalpel. In fact, people who have traditional surgery can only eat soft foods or drink liquids for two to four weeks following the procedure. Your dentist in Grand Haven may recommend that you follow a soft diet for one or two days after laser treatment, but after that, you can eat all of the foods you enjoy.
Insurance coverage: If your dental insurance company covers traditional surgery, they'll probably cover laser surgery. Coverage amounts vary depending upon the company. The staff at your dentist's office can help you find out what percentage of the treatment your insurance plan will cover.
Gum disease treatment doesn't have to be painful. When you choose laser treatment, you'll be amazed at how quickly you return to normal. Call Grand Haven Dentist John Leitner DDS at (616) 842-2850 to find out if laser treatment for gum disease is the right choice for you.