The health of your gums is very important since problems such as gum disease and oral cancer can affect both your dental and general health if not treated properly. At Alpine Dental Arts in Lakewood, CO, we utilize laser technology to deal with a wide array of gum (periodontal) troubles. Our state-of-the-art laser technology helps lead to much more effective treatment of periodontitis (the advanced stage of gum disease). Dr. Justin Becerra additionally utilizes laser technology to complete oral biopsies that detect cancer and pre-cancer in your mouth. Laser gum treatments may also be performed in certain cosmetic procedures that will help sculpt the gums or reduce the appearance of a smile that looks "gummy."
There are several cases where a laser treatment of the gums may be performed. For periodontal disease, the laser may be employed to eliminate plaque and bacteria that's deep inside the pockets of your gums. For a biopsy, the laser can be used to excise tissue in the needed region. Laser gum therapy may also help if you want to remove overgrown gum tissue and increase teeth visibility to get a more appealing smile. Compared to traditional surgery on the gums, laser gum therapies tend to be less invasive and don't need sutures. You will require little or no anesthesia during this treatment and have a shorter healing time.
What to Expect
Done in our office, a laser gum treatment typically only needs local anesthesia. Nevertheless, additional sedation choices may be available in case you have anxiety. Prior to your treatment, Dr. Becerra will discuss precisely what you should expect throughout the procedure whether you're having a treatment for periodontal disease, obtaining a dental biopsy, having your teeth lengthened, or undergoing aesthetic gum sculpting. The laser reduces bleeding and frequently omits the need for sutures.
Dr. Becerra will provide you with post-treatment care instructions before you're allowed to leave. Since your mouth may be tender or swollen, you might choose to follow a soft food or liquid diet for a couple of days. For periodontal disease therapy or crown lengthening, you might need to make another appointment so Dr. Becerra can evaluate your progress and determine if a second treatment is needed. When a biopsy has been performed, you might have to return to our office to get your results. If oral cancer is found, Dr. Becerra will discuss your treatment choices and what to do next.
As soon as your laser gum treatment is scheduled, Dr. Becerra will talk about estimated payment. Alpine Dental Arts takes many payment methods, including medical financing. For those who have insurance, we can get in touch with your provider to calculate your coverage and personal expenses.
Laser Gum Therapy
For a faster and more precise periodontal treatment, Dr. Becerra uses an innovative laser system for both cosmetic and restorative procedures. Whether you need to treat gum disease, undergo an oral biopsy, or enhance the look of your smile, laser gum remedies provide shorter visits and healing times. To find out more about laser gum treatments or to make an appointment, contact Alpine Dental Arts in Lakewood, CO.