Frequently Asked Questions
Does Laser Periodontal Therapy hurt? The procedure itself is virtually painless, however, we may anesthetize the area for your comfort. In this way we can precisely direct the laser for treatment. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and of short duration.
How long does it take? Initial treatment is focused on scaling and the use of small instruments to remove the tartar. Then, the laser portion of the treatment is performed and normally only takes a few minutes. Depending on the severity of the periodontal disease, treatment may be accomplished in one office visit or in multiple visits. Most treatments can be accomplished in just two sessions, however, the estimated treatment time is reviewed with you when we discuss the treatment plan.
What about recovery – will I be in pain or need to follow a special routine? The sense of recovery is immediate, due to the laser’s ability to seal blood vessels, lymphatics and nerve endings. Of course, your tissue needs time to recover, regenerate and heal over the course of time, but after Laser Periodontal Therapy, you can drive your car, go back to work, or do anything else you like. During the initial healing phase, we ask that you only eat a soft diet and that you use a mouth rinse for oral hygiene, all of which will be explained in detail during your consultation.
Does this treatment cost more than traditional gum surgery? Typically we use the same billing codes as traditional gum surgery and the laser treatment is generally no more expensive than the traditional surgery. There are other factors which may affect the cost, such as the severity of the periodontal disease and how many teeth are involved. Many insurance plans pay only for a portion of this treatment. Patients should discuss their payment options with our dental office, as we offer financing for this treatment if needed.