Laser Gum Treatment
Dr. Parkes explains the basics of laser gum treatment. He uses this advanced technique to treat periodontal disease with no incisions or stitches, and minimal bleeding. Drs. Roger B. Parkes and R. Clarke Stewart are able to provide longer-lasting results and healthier smiles with laser gum treatment.View transcript
Laser gum treatment is used to treat periodontal disease. The way we used to treat periodontal disease was with cutting and stitches and there was a lot of bleeding and stuff. But through the use of this new technology, the laser, we're able to do those surgeries with this laser with no cutting, no stitches and it minimizes the amount of discomfort for the patient. And it's a very minimally invasive way to treat periodontal disease. The pros to using the laser are that it heals up much faster and the patients can go to work faster. It's less uncomfortable after the surgery is completed so the patients go home and, many times, I call them after the surgery and they tell me that they haven't even had to take a pain pill. So the laser itself is anti-inflammatory so the disease is an inflammatory disease. So as the laser removes the tissue that's causing this problem, this periodontal disease, it also reduces the inflammation around the teeth and it tends to last longer. The surgery itself, the healing process lasts years longer than the old way that we used to do it. We're much more precise with the laser, and there is much less removal of tissue so you get less gum recession after the healing process has occurred. So it's much more . . . we retain much more of their own tissue than we used to and after it's all healed up, it looks better.