When you experience severe periodontal disease, or gum disease, you might require treatment to fix the issues. For those in the advanced stages of the disease, surgery is often needed. With the advancements in technology, it is possible to undergo surgery with limited side effects and expedited healing. That is why Dr. Subka discusses the benefits of laser gum surgery with his patients that have gum disease in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Laser Surgery Versus Osseous Surgery
Advanced stage periodontal disease leads to the formation of pockets in the gum line. As these pockets grow, more and more bacteria invade and grow, which can lead to bone loss, gum tissue loss and tooth decay. Ultimately, this causes you to lose your teeth.
Traditional gum surgery, known as osseous surgery, removes the affected tissue around the teeth using a scalpel incision. Parts of the gum tissue surrounding this pocket are removed, and then the healthy gum tissue is stitched back together. This might leave a small recession of the gum line, up to 15 millimeters. This might require additional procedures down the line, such as gum grafts.
Laser surgery does not use an invasive cutting and sewing. Instead, it relies on lasers to identify and remove the unhealthy gum tissue. The laser’s precision minimizes the damage to healthy tissue while still removing all bacteria and diseased tissue for a healthier mouth.
Benefits of Laser Surgery
Because gum surgery using a laser technique is less invasive, it has its benefits, including:
- Less risk of gum recession
- Faster recovery time
- Minimal side effects
- Reduced loss of gum tissue
- Less infection risk
Most patients are candidates for this type of surgery, although in some cases, you might still need to undergo traditional surgery.
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Due to the many benefits of laser gum surgery, many of our patients choose it over traditional surgery. Call us today to see if you are a candidate for this type of surgery and to start your treatment procedures for your gum disease in Thousand Oaks, CA.Contact Us For An Appointment