Dr. Loyd Dowd offers several treatment options for patients suffering from periodontal disease, with laser gum surgery being the highest standard of care for gum disease treatment in Tyler, TX. If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, a consultation with Dr. Dowd can help you easily determine whether the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) is the best option for you.
THE LASER GUM SURGERY PROCESS
Dr. Dowd will begin by measuring the depth of your periodontal pockets to assess the severity of your periodontal disease and the loss of attachment that has occurred.
The laser is then slipped between the teeth and gum tissue, its light destroying bacteria and diseased tissue. The selective nature of the laser’s wavelength eliminates the necessity for scalpels or sutures in laser gum surgery, as the pulsed light is not absorbed in healthy tissue and is therefore not harmful to healthy teeth, bone, and gums.
This step is performed without the laser. Ultrasonic scalers are utilized to remove the calculus from the roots of your teeth.
Dr. Dowd then stimulates your tissue, bone, and tooth roots using the laser. This prompts the blood to change consistency, building a seal around the teeth to optimize the healing process.
The gum tissue is compressed against the surface of the teeth.
Dr. Dowd will adjust your bite and review any impact the laser gum treatment in Tyler, TX may have had upon your teeth.
THE CONVENIENCE AND SAFETY OF LASER GUM SURGERY
Dr. Dowd generally performs this laser gum disease treatment for Tyler, TX patients in two sessions of two hours each. This has been found to be especially convenient for patients who have regimented eating schedules due to medication or blood sugar conditions. Laser gum surgery is safe even for those patients with diabetes and hemophilia, and does not negatively impact or interfere with medications or medical conditions.
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