Fight Gum Disease with Laser Treatment
By some estimates, up to half of all adults have some form of gum disease, also called periodontal disease, and sometimes just brushing and flossing more often is not enough.
At The Dental Health Group, we’re proud to offer the latest technology in gum laser therapy as a way to fight gum disease. Laser treatment is an alternative to traditional tooth scaling, and many patients find this method to be more comfortable and much easier than having a dentist poke and prod at their gums.
Dr. Abad specializes in using the most effective medical-based and technology-driven practices, including gum laser therapy, for a modern, patient-first approach to dental care.
This page includes some of our patients’ most common questions about the benefits, costs, and potential risks of gum laser treatment. Please reach out to our office with any additional questions or to schedule an appointment.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal diseases are dental conditions that affect the gums and bones around the teeth. It occurs when plaque and tartar build up on the teeth and gums, causing inflammation and irritation. If your gums are often swollen or bleed easily, you may have some form of gum disease. Your dentist can diagnose this during a routine dental check-up.
Gum laser therapy is a modern treatment option for gum disease that can effectively reduce symptoms and prevent further progression of the disease. It is minimally invasive and virtually pain-free. The laser removes infected gum tissue and helps to restore the area around the tooth for healthy growth.
How can gum laser therapy help treat gum disease?
Gum laser therapy reduces inflammation and bacteria in the mouth while helping to stimulate new tissue growth, which can help improve the overall health of the gums. As it uses medically approved lasers, it is considered a minimally invasive treatment option that is often more physically comfortable for patients than the traditional deep teeth cleaning methods. Many patients see significant improvements in their periodontal disease after just one or two treatments.
While many patients have a sort of science fiction image in their minds when they first hear about laser treatment, the procedure is safe with minimal risk for infection or complication. The laser is a concentrated light beam, and all of our staff have been specially trained in using this equipment.
What are the benefits of laser therapy for gum disease?
One of the many benefits of gum laser therapy is that it can target specific areas of the mouth affected by gum disease, making it more precise than other treatments, such as deep teeth cleaning. As a result, most patients report little to no discomfort during or after treatment.
Additionally, the high-energy light effectively sterilizes the infected area, greatly reducing the risk of bacterial infection. This procedure does not require any numbing or heavy anesthesia. Most of our patients say they hardly feel it during treatment.
Gum disease is a serious condition, and preventing its progression preserves your oral health. If you are considering laser therapy for gum disease, consult with Dr. Abad at The Dental Health Group to determine if this treatment path is right for you. Our office staff can also review treatment costs for gum laser therapy and assist you with insurance and payment options.
How is gum laser therapy different from deep cleaning?
There are pros and cons to traditional deep teeth cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. Like gum laser therapy, this treatment helps to remove tartar and bacteria from beneath the gum line, which can improve oral health. Additionally, deep teeth cleaning can also help smooth out rough spots on the teeth, making them easier to clean in the future.
However, one downside of deep teeth cleaning is that it can be expensive and may not be covered, or fully covered, by insurance. Additionally, some people may experience discomfort or soreness after the procedure.
At The Dental Health Group, Dr. Abad will discuss both options for treating gum disease with you and help you decide which is best suited to your preferences and level of insurance coverage.
How much does the gum laser treatment cost?
The costs for gum laser treatment can vary depending on the severity of the periodontal disease and the number of sessions required to restore your teeth and gums to good health. Many patients pay several hundred dollars out of pocket with their insurance company covering the difference.
The office staff at The Dental Health Group can help you determine what your plan covers if you are unsure. If your gum laser treatment cost is not fully or partially covered by insurance, there are several financing options available to help make laser treatments more affordable, so be sure to ask Dr. Abad or the office staff about these options.
Choosing the best treatment option for your oral health needs now may help reduce or eliminate additional costly dental problems in the future. We want to help you understand the risks of untreated periodontal disease and help you make an informed decision about how to proceed.
Who is a good candidate for gum disease laser therapy?
Gum disease laser therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for many people. However, there are some factors that may make someone a better or worse candidate for this type of therapy.
For example, the severity of your gum disease may affect whether laser therapy is right for you. Additionally, your overall health and medical history can play a role in determining whether laser therapy is a good option. Ultimately, Dr. Abad can assess your situation and give you his professional recommendation.
Contact The Dental Health Group Today
Our Canoga Park, CA office is welcoming new patients. Whether you already see Dr. Abad for regular preventative care or you are new to the practice, we are glad to discuss the possibility of gum laser therapy with you. Not every dentist in Los Angeles offers this innovative treatment option. If your regular dentist does not have the training or equipment to perform laser therapy, we can consult with you about this procedure.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with gum disease and want to understand treatment options, make an appointment to discuss how Dr. Abad can improve your smile and oral health. Call 818-718-2000. We look forward to meeting you.