Laser Assisted Scaling And Root Planing for Periodontal Disease
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing (SRP) is a non surgical periodontal procedure wherein the dentist or hygienist will use a scraping tool, in conjunction with laser to gently remove plaque and tartar from deep periodontal pockets, and remove bacterial toxins by smoothing the tooth root. This procedure is done primarily to treat gum disease and recession but is also used to clean roots of teeth that have become infested with hard mineral deposits
Laser Assisted SRP
Lasers can be used to prep and facilitate the SRP procedure. The laser removes inflamed gum tissue and allow access to the root, Calculus is removed from the surface and rinsed out of the pocket. After the procedure, a fibrin clot forms to seal the pocket, and after the healing is complete the pocket depth is reduced through reattachment of the gum tissue to the tooth. Laser has many benefits in periodontal therapy, such as:
- Seals the pocket to prevent bacterial growth for 2 weeks, vs the normal 3-5 days!
- Promotes tissue re-growth for faster healing and healthier tissues
A. A probe is used to measure pocket depths (and bone loss)
B. Laser removes bacteria and diseased tissues
C. Scale to remove tartar from the tooth & root surfaces
D. Laser finishes cleaning and seals the pocket closed
E. Healing of gums to clean disinfected root surfaces occurs
F. Bite trauma is accessed
G. Bone growth and tissue reattachment occur, creating healthy pockets
Caring For Your Teeth After Scaling and Root Planing
- Brush and floss regularly
- Stop using tobacco products, which will reduce your body’s ability to fight gum infection and delays healing
With proper post treatment care the gum disease will stop, and the return to a healthy oral cavity will begin. Soon your gums will be healthy and pink again!