If you have a more advanced stage of periodontal disease, Dr. James Shaheen may recommend laser gingivectomy to treat the disease and help remove harmful bacteria from the roots of your teeth. By using lasers to perform this treatment, our dentist is able to provide you with a treatment that is effective, comfortable, and precise, and that results in quicker healing time following your procedure. To learn more about laser gingivectomy in New Hudson, Michigan, and to schedule your appointment at Smiles of Grand River, please call us today at 734-707-8764.
Gingivectomy, also known as pocket reduction surgery, osseous surgery, or flap surgery, is the name for a collective series of oral surgeries that remove bacteria and tartar from your tooth roots. Your mouth contains dozens of different strains of bacteria, some of which may cause you to develop periodontal disease. Laser gingivectomy works to:
- Halt the spread of harmful bacteria
- Halt bone and tissue loss
- Improve your oral health and at-home hygiene routine
Before your procedure, our dentist will perform a thorough exam, including taking X-rays. We will provide you with a local or general anesthetic to help keep you comfortable during your treatment, and then we will gently pull your gums back from your teeth. We will then use a soft tissue laser to remove the bacteria and calculus (tartar) in the roots of your teeth. Your gums will then be sutured back into place.
You will experience sensitivity in your teeth and gums following your procedure, but you should see a reduction in the depth of your periodontal pockets and an improvement in your overall oral health within a few weeks.
If you have questions about laser gingivectomy, and to schedule a consultation with our skilled dentist, please contact our office today.