Gum disease is a serious condition that needs to be addressed promptly. While there are traditional methods for handling gingivitis, laser gum surgery in Dallas, TX is now offered to assist individuals who have acquired damaged oral structures from the disease. Schedule a consultation with our dentist to learn more about the differences between laser and traditional gum surgery.


1. You Are Awake During a Laser Gum Surgery Procedure

Traditional surgery requires cutting into the gum tissue, which necessitates anesthesia. This allows the patient to be calm while the gums are being worked on. However, laser gum surgery is far less invasive. The laser does not cut, and no bleeding is involved. This can make it a lot easier for certain patients to get treatment because some people do not handle general anesthesia well. All you need is a topical anesthetic to numb the site.


2. Recovery Time Is Shorter With Laser Gum Surgery

Our dentist will still provide you with aftercare instructions after laser gum surgery, but for the most part, recovery is fairly simple. It is a lot easier than traditional gum surgery, which would sometimes require the patient to stick with soft foods for several weeks after the procedure. After laser surgery, you can generally go back to your normal activities within a couple days.


3. New Bone Can Regrow

A disastrous consequence of periodontal disease is that it can destroy parts of the jaw bone. This can create a more sunken appearance in the face, and it can make it more difficult to get dental implants in the future. With laser treatment, the bone can actually start to regrow. This will make your jaw bone healthier and make it less likely your teeth will fall out in the future.


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Dr. Michael Neeley and his team are here to ensure everyone gets the dental care they need. Contact us if you know work needs to be done or if you just want a routine checkup.