If you have been hesitant about the thought of periodontal treatment, in many cases, laser surgery is an effective alternative without sutures and the post-operative effects of traditional surgery. Dr. Deborah K. Ruprecht, offers laser surgery in Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch and Solana Beach, California. To learn more about your treatment options with laser surgery, call 949-472-5499 today or request an appointment online.
Laser Surgery Q&A
What is laser surgery?
Laser surgery has become a modern and safe technique with benefits that both patients and surgeons enjoy. Dr. Ruprecht uses a diode laser, which uses light wave energy to remove or reshape soft tissue without the need for sutures. This laser technology seals exposed blood vessels as it cuts the tissue, providing faster healing and less pain.
Lasers allow the precision control needed for cosmetic surgery. Diode lasers are able to kill aggressive bacteria such as porphyromonas, gingivalis and actinomycetemcomitans, which are difficult to access with traditional scaling and root planing alone. These pathogens are not only destructive to the oral tissues but they also travel from the oral cavity to key organs and may compromise our general health.
How are lasers used in surgery?
Periodontal disease control
Laser surgery is used to augment traditional scaling and root planing for the most thorough
removal of disease-causing bacteria. Our laser-certified hygienists provide this service.
During a gingivectomy, Dr. Ruprecht uses laser surgery to improve a “gummy smile.” The laser removes excess gum tissue and reshapes the gumline to balance your teeth so they match the design of your smile. This procedure exposes more of your natural teeth hidden beneath your gums. Crown lengthening may be needed with gingivectomy.
With a frenectomy, Dr. Ruprecht uses a laser to release muscle attachments that anchor the lips or tongue to the gum tissue. In many cases, a frenectomy is needed to remove a thick labial frenum that separates the two upper front teeth, making it difficult for an orthodontist to bring them together. In other cases, trimming a labial frenum keeps it from pulling on the gumline and causing recession.
A frenectomy also corrects ”tongue-tie,” a condition where the tip of the tongue is anchored to the floor of the mouth. This compromise impairs eating, speech, oral hygiene, and other functions, like musicians and singers being able to create beautiful sounds in music.
Mouth sores and ulcers
For mouth sores and ulcers, such as cold sores and canker sores, laser surgery speeds up the healing process and reduces pain.
What are the benefits of laser surgery?
The advantages of laser surgery include:
- Bleeding control
- No need for sutures
- Reduced pain after surgery
- Bactericidal (bacteria killing) effects
- Better oxygenation and enzyme activity
- Increased circulation for faster healing
To learn more about how laser surgery can help you, call today or request an appointment online. Our periodontist and team look forward to meeting you.