Saint Paul, MN Dentist Reviews Laser Dentistry and Periodontal Disease

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on May 21, 2013

Laser dentistry used by the Saint Paul, MN Dentist is a valuable addition to the treatment of periodontal disease. Three out of four people suffer from periodontal disease, and may not be aware of it. One of the reasons it is a problem for so many people is that the disease can be present without showing any obvious symptoms.

Infection of the gums progresses rapidly, leading to serious oral health complications like tooth loss. Patients who have been told that they have periodontal disease and need gum surgery now have a non-invasive laser dentistry option that quickly and painlessly removes the infection that causes periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease also poses a serious health risk beyond its effect on oral health. If the infection is not eliminated quickly, the disease can have dramatic effects on a patient’s overall health.

Using non-invasive laser dentistry performed by the St. Paul, MN Dentist, infected dental material is removed quickly, with little or no discomfort. Periodontal treatment performed with lasers provides a virtually pain-free alternative to traditional gum surgery since there is no cutting of tender gum tissue. Most patients are able to go on with their day immediately following treatment.

There are other advantages to non-invasive laser treatment:

  • Laser periodontal treatment results in minimal bleeding with no need for stitches.
  • Painful needles and anesthesia are usually not required during laser treatment since there is little or no discomfort involved.
  • Laser dentistry can actually improve your oral health because it not only destroys harmful bacteria but also promotes regeneration of healthy gum tissue.
Seeking treatment by your dentist promptly for periodontal disease also helps preserve your overall health in the long-term. It is well-established that a strong connection exists between the presence of periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications.