How Long Does It Take Gums to Heal After Laser Dentistry?
Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue that holds teeth in place. This is caused by poor oral hygiene that leaves plaque on the teeth to build up and harden. This can lead to the early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. When gum disease is left untreated, it can result in damage to the jaw and in severe cases, tooth loss. At Trusted Dental Care, Dr. Fesaha Gebrehiwot treats different stages of gum disease with advanced BIOLASE® laser dentistry. This allows nervous patients the ability to get gum disease treatment that will help improve their oral health. Dr. G performs laser dentistry for gum disease for patients in Wylie, TX.
Symptoms of gum disease
Gum disease is silent, meaning that symptoms don’t appear until it has advanced to later stages. Some common gum disease symptoms include:
Bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing
Red, swollen, or tender gums
Loose or separating teeth
Persistent bad breath
If you think you have gum disease, Dr. G at Trusted Dental Care offers laser treatment for unhealthy gums.
Who is a good candidate for laser dentistry?
There are many situations that are ideal for laser gum treatment in Wylie, TX. If you have gum disease, this laser eliminates bacteria and infected tissue found deep inside gum pockets. During a biopsy, Dr. G uses the laser to remove a tissue sample for evaluation. Laser gum treatment is great for patients who want to eliminate overgrown gum tissue with gum reshaping. Compared to traditional gum surgery, laser gum treatment is less invasive and doesn’t require any incision. In terms of laser gum treatment healing, it’s much faster, too.
What happens during laser treatment for gums
We perform laser gum treatment at our Wylie, TX office. We are committed to keeping our patients comfortable during their treatment at Trusted Dental Care. Before we begin, Dr. G will explain what to expect during treatment and if you need an oral biopsy. Our high-powered soft tissue laser leads to minimal bleeding, no stitches, and little to no post-op discomfort experienced with traditional gum surgery. Gum sculpting can also be performed for patients with a gummy smile.
Laser gum treatment recovery
After surgery, recovery instructions are provided to all of Dr. G’s patients. With laser gum treatment, you can expect to heal faster than traditional gum surgery. The length of time it will take your gums to heal depends on the severity of your gum disease. It can take anywhere from 2 – 4 weeks, while deeper pockets can take months to completely heal. Because your mouth will be tender and inflamed, a soft food diet is advised for the first few days. A follow-up appointment may be necessary to monitor your gum health.
Learn if laser dentistry treatment can help resolve your gum disease
Gum disease continues to worsen when left untreated. At Trusted Dental Care, we work with our patients to help improve their gum health and to avoid re-infection. Laser dentistry with the help of the BIOLASE soft tissue laser allows us to minimize our patients’ treatment times while maximizing their results. To learn if you’re a candidate for laser gum treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fesaha Gebrehiwot at our Wylie, TX dental office.