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Periodontal Disease Laser Treatment

Bleeding gums and gum recession are common signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease (often called gum disease), caused by the presence of bacteria and inflammation inside the gums. The Picasso laser treatment is a relatively painless procedure that removes inflamed areas and infected tissue from inside of the gums. Improved healing of the gum tissue follows treatment assuming proper oral care.

How does it work? Well, tartar, associated with inflammation and occasional bleeding gums, is removed from the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic scaler and small instruments. Then, a small amount of laser energy is directed through a tiny fiber that is gently placed between the gum and tooth. This laser energy aids in reducing the bacteria associated with the disease. After the area is thoroughly cleaned, the affected area can naturally heal.

Some might wonder if the laser treatment hurts. Although the procedure itself can be virtually painless, the area may be anesthetized for your comfort. In this way the laser can be precisely directed for treatment. Post-procedure discomfort is typically less intense and of shorter duration than conventional periodontal surgery.

The initial treatment will focus on scaling and use of small instruments to remove the tartar. Then, the Picasso laser portion of the treatment will be performed. Depending on the severity of the periodontal disease, treatment may be accomplished in one or multiple visits. Your estimated treatment time will be reviewed when your treatment plan is discussed.

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