Gum Disease Laser Therapy

Dr. Burch is proud to offer the latest technology available for periodontal therapy: laser treatment. There are numerous advantages to using laser therapy as opposed to the traditional methods requiring a scalpel and sutures.

Benefits:

Comfort:

With laser treatment, there is reduced or no bleeding, minimized swelling, no charring, and no drill noise or vibration. The stress and anxiety often associated with dental work is therefore eliminated when you experience quick, effective, and essentially pain-free laser procedures. Also, postoperative sensitivity is greatly limited by laser dentistry, and recovery time is much quicker than with traditional methods. In fact, due to the less-invasive nature of the laser technique, the mouth begins to heal immediately after work is completed!

Reduced Risk of Infection:

The laser’s high-energy light beam acts as a sterilizer on the area it is working, thereby reducing the risk of bacterial infections and relapses.

Anesthesia Limited or Eliminated:

Because laser dentistry is virtually painless, no longer will you suffer with fear of injections and numbness. Often, only a light anesthetic spray is required. Laser treatment eliminates the complications and cost associated with anesthesia.

Uses:

Dr. Burch can perform a variety of procedures using laser technology, such as a frenectomy, osseous surgery, and gum grafting. Dr. Burch is also able to use laser technology as a way to regenerate healthy gums and remove diseases areas in a virtually painless way. This method also encourages healthy gum to regenerate and attach to the teeth. There is a much lower chance of gum disease returning when laser therapy is used as opposed to traditional surgery. Although Dr. Burch had previously received training using lasers in his residency program, and has been treating patients with lasers for years, he decided to also get certified through The Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Burch successfully completed Standard Proficiency Dental Laser Certification by formally demonstrating knowledge and clinical proficiency in laser dentistry. The ALD Standard Proficiency certification program includes 12 hours of lecture with hands-on demonstration and two examinations, one clinical simulation exam plus an online multiple choice test. It is the structured educational mechanism recognized by regulatory agencies and organized dentistry designed for dentists wishing to achieve and demonstrate high standards of safe and effective dental laser care for patients. The examination complies with the Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education, which is endorsed by more than 100 organizations worldwide.