Laser Gum Treatment in rockford, dixon and janesville
Laser gum treatment is a tissue-preserving, regenerative treatment option that offers patients an effective and less painful alternative to traditional surgical approaches. Laser gum treatment can be used to treat a variety of issues, including removal of tissue buildup, relieving localized hemostasis, crown lengthening procedures, frenectomies, and biopsies. In addition to these procedures, LANAP utilizing the PerioLase MVP-7 laser is the only FDA-approved treatment option that uses lasers to surgically treat periodontal disease. Different lasers may be used during your cleaning visits to reduce bleeding and bacteria in the gums. Laser gum treatment has become an increasingly popular treatment option because it results in less swelling, sensitivity, bleeding, and pain, and reduces your risk of developing post-operative infections.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for laser gum treatment, or if you have any additional questions concerning the procedure or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.
What to Do Leading Up to the Laser Gum Treatment Procedure
Prior to your laser gum treatment procedure, it will be necessary to perform diagnostic exams to determine the extent of your periodontal disease. Once this is determined and your appointment for laser gum treatment has been scheduled, we recommend reducing or eliminating salt intake for one to two weeks leading up to the procedure, as doing so will help reduce swelling. If you are having dental sedation as part of your treatment, avoid eating or drinking for six hours before your appointment, excepting for necessary prescription medications, which can be taken for water. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home following the procedure.
What to Expect During the Laser Gum Treatment Procedure
Prior to performing the laser gum treatment procedure, a local anesthetic will be administered along with dental sedation if necessary. Following this, a tiny laser fiber is inserted between your gum and teeth that emits a small amount energy, which effectively removes tissue that has become infected at the cellular level and reduces bacteria that develops as a result of periodontal disease. Following this, calculus that has formed on the surfaces of the teeth are removed with an ultrasonic cleaning instrument, after which the laser is used one last time to create a seal around the teeth and gums. Laser gum treatment is typically performed in one visit, but can be completed in 2 visits if needed.
Aftercare Following Laser Gum Treatment
Following your laser gum treatment procedure, it is common to experience some soreness and discomfort. If you follow these and any additional post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist, you will reduce risk of complications, minimize post-procedural pain and discomfort, and significantly reduce the time it takes to fully recover.
- Hygiene: Following the laser gum treatment procedure, you will notice that the tissue around your teeth appears to be discolored. This discoloration is a thin fibrin that is protecting your gums and allowing them to attach to your teeth. The most important aftercare instruction to follow after having laser gum treatment performed is to not pick at or brush this fibrin barrier for the first 7 to 14 days. You may continue to use mouthwash two to three times daily and can resume soft brushing once you have passed the 10 to 14 day mark. Do not floss, use an electric toothbrush, or an oral irrigator until after your first cleaning.
- Medication: It is common to experience mild soreness following the laser gum treatment procedure. This can generally be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication, such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil. If post-procedural pain proves to be inadequate, contact our office to discuss prescription pain medication options.
- Antibiotics: If you are prescribed antibiotics following the laser gum treatment procedure, take as directed until the prescription is gone.
- Diet: Immediately following your laser gum treatment procedure, avoid eating meat, food with seeds, and/or hard or crunchy foods, such as nuts, chips, cookies, hard candy, etc. Stick to liquids for the first 4-6 hours to allow for clotting to occur. Following this initial healing period, you may begin reintroducing soft foods, such as scrambled eggs, yogurt, or soup. You should plan on sticking to a soft food for approximately one week, or until post-procedural pain is gone.
Cost of Laser Gum Treatment
Treatment cost of laser gum treatment will vary depending upon the severity of your case, whether or not dental sedation is required, and your insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.
If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.
Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.
To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment for laser gum treatment, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.