Laser Gum Disease Treatment
Scaling and root planing (SRP) is the most common and conservative form of treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. Scaling is the removal of calculus (commonly called tartar) and plaque that attach to the tooth surfaces. The process especially targets the area below the gum line along the root.
Plaque is colonies of bacteria that form on teeth and when the plaque hardens on the tooth and root it is called calculus. Plaque is more likely to stick to rough surfaces. For this reason, the root surface is made smooth in a process called root planing. Root planing removes any remaining calculus and smooths any irregular areas of the root surface.
In addition, the use of lasers as an adjunct to scaling and root planing (SRP) improve the effectiveness of this procedure. When the lasers are used during periodontal therapy there can be less bleeding, swelling and discomfort to the patient during surgery. The best part is that the recovery time is less than 24 hours so the patient can quickly return to their daily routine at home or work.