Laser Gum Surgery Vs Traditional Gum Surgery

Many people focus on their teeth when it comes to good oral health. However, your gum tissue is equally as important. When pain, swelling or other complications in your gums develop, you need to see our periodontist right away to get the best treatment possible. Our professionals will go over “laser gum surgery vs traditional gum surgery” so that you can determine which treatment is better for you and to know exactly what is being done on your gums.

Laser Gum Surgery

LANAP® is a minimally invasive, FDA-cleared gum surgery alternative that doesn’t hurt and even provides added benefits that scalpel can’t. During laser gum surgery with San Ramon periodontist Dr. Kaeley, light energy is used to hunt out harmful bacteria inside the gum pockets. The laser is gentle so there’s no heavy bleeding and no stitches required. Laser gum surgery takes just two hours and patients are awake the entire time – only the working areas are numbed with a local anesthetic.

laser gum surgery vs traditional gum surgery

LANAP® laser gum surgery in San Ramon differs from scalpel surgery in other ways too. Research and histological studies show how laser gum surgery actually helps gum tissue reattach to the teeth’s roots and promotes new bone growth around existing teeth. That’s because the laser used in LANAP® can distinguish diseased tissue from good tissue, no matter how deep and infected your gum pockets are. You won’t get that from a scalpel. This gum surgery alternative even stimulates bone to grow around your teeth so you can protect and keep what you have.

The choice is easy. The gum surgery alternative removes the fear and anxiety of visiting the periodontist for gum disease treatment. Call Dr. Kaeley today to know more about LANAP® laser gum surgery in San Ramon.

Traditional Gum Surgery

During a scalpel surgery, patients must take general anesthetic because it’s very painful. The scalpel is used to cut into the gums so the doctor can get inside and scrape away bacteria and diseased tissue. Unfortunately, good tissue is destroyed in the process and heavy bleeding and inflammation is common.

traditional gum surgery

In some cases, grafting is needed to promote reattachment of the gum tissue to the tooth roots. This loss of healthy gum tissue may also result in a shorter gum line, which can create aesthetic concerns as well as increased tooth sensitivity. Tooth extractions are also a possibility with scalpel surgery. Scalpel surgery also means lots of sutures and packing between the gums, and when patients wake up, prescription pain medication is often needed until the soreness subsides.

Laser Gum Surgery Vs Traditional Gum Surgery

For patients in need of periodontal surgery, the choice between traditional and laser treatments is important.  To select the best option for you, it is critical that you understand the key differences between traditional and LANAP® procedures.

In traditional surgery, the doctor uses a scalpel to peel back gum tissue for better visibility and access to the periodontal pocket.  The doctor will then cut down and suture the gums to decrease pocket depth; this is what causes the aesthetic alteration of your gum line.   Once the pockets have been cut down, bone or tissue grafting may be used to reattach the gum to the tooth’s root surface.

Laser Gum Surgery Vs Traditional Gum Surgery

While some severe cases of periodontitis necessitate traditional surgery, LANAP® is generally a viable alternative for most patients. LANAP® does not require scalpel or sutures, making it minimally invasive with little pain or discomfort. Because LANAP® does not require the cutting of gums to decrease pocket depth, there is little to no gum line recession, nor aesthetic alteration of your smile.  The laser is able to distinguish between diseased and healthy tissue, leaving healthy tissue unaffected; this makes the procedure exceptionally selective and safe.  The laser removes diseased tissue and kills living bacteria without compromising healthy gum, tooth, and bone tissue.
  • Pain: Traditional surgery is can be very painful as it requires cutting and suturing of the gums. Post-operative pain medication is usually prescribed and rest time is needed as part of recovery. Many patients opt to have damaged teeth extracted to avoid the discomfort of dental surgery. LANAP® protocol causes considerably less discomfort and rarely requires post-operative pain medication. There is also minimal recovery time needed, allowing patients to return to their daily routine almost immediately.
  • Recession: Traditional periodontal surgery requires that the gum line be cut down to decrease pocket depth. Gum line recession is usually between 2-4mm; however, in severe cases of periodontitis, the gum line may recede as much as 10-15 mm. The recessed gum line exposes tooth roots, which can be particularly sensitive to hot and cold, causing the patient discomfort while eating or drinking. LANAP® is less invasive and more selective. The laser removes only damaged tissue and does not impact nearby healthy gum and bone, resulting in no significant gum line recession. This preserves the natural appearance of the patient’s smile.
  • Healing Time: LANAP® does not require surgical cutting and sutures and is selective in the tissue it removes, allowing for rapid healing. The laser kills the bacteria and reduces inflammation, preserving and supporting healthier tissue.
  • Long-Term Results: LANAP® protocol results are much more predictable in terms of bone regeneration and tissue attachment. The Perio-Lase® MVP-7™ stimulates the root surface, promoting regeneration and attachment. Teeth otherwise considered hopeless can be saved, restoring and functionality. Patients show further improvement after LANAP® protocol as regeneration and reattachment continue after the procedure is complete.

Cutting-edge science is constantly evolving and refining dental technology. We, as LANAP® Certified dentists, have made the commitment to stay abreast of the latest advances and provide our patients the best possible treatment options, meeting the highest standards of care.

Laser treatment is a fantastic option for many patients; however it may not be suited to all cases. Please call us to schedule a consultation and find out if LANAP® could be the solution to achieving optimal periodontal health!

Schedule A Consultation With Dr. Kaeley Today At San Ramon

Dr. Kaeley, one of the best periodontal dentist in the San Francisco Bay Area, shall provide you custom treatment options for your periodontal needs. If you think you might be suffering from gum disease or if you have inflamed, sore or bleeding gums, schedule an appointment with us immediately. We even offer customized sedation options for our patients in San Ramon who experience anxiety about going to the dentist. We want all of our patients to feel totally relaxed and comfortable during their visits with us.

Gum disease can cause tremendous harm to your overall health and should be treated as soon as possible. After you call, the first step will be for us to setup a time for you to come into our office, meet Dr. Kaeley at Progressive Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at San Ramon, CA and discuss your concerns and questions with her. From there, Dr. Kaeley will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that fits your needs and get you back on the road towards optimal health.

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