Laser Softcare™ Patient Information
Periodontal Disease Treatment - A patient friendly treatment of periodontal disease using the latest technology.
Laser Softcare™ can help eliminate infection and heal diseased gums which otherwise could lead to early tooth loss.
•How does it work?
•Does it hurt?
•How long does it take?
•Does this treatment cost more than
traditional gum surgery?
How does it work?
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 light energy from a laser is directed through a tiny fiber, which is gently placed between the gum and tooth. This light energy aids in reducing the bacteria associated with the disease. After the area is thoroughly cleaned, the body can heal the area naturally.
A tiny fiber is placed between
the gum and teeth.
The actual procedure can
be virtually painless.
Does it hurt?
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.
Tartar causes gums to become inflamed, red, sore, and sometimes bleed. Pocket depth is measured. The tartar is removed and the laser treats the area and allows natural healing to occur.
How long does it take?
The initial treatment will focus on scaling and use of small instruments to remove the tartar. Then, the laser portion of the treatment will be performed. Depending on the severity of the periodontal disease, treatment may be accomplished in one office visit or in multiple visits. Your estimated treatment time will be reviewed when the treatment plan is discussed.
Does this treatment cost more than traditional gum surgery?
The same billing codes as traditional gum surgery are used. There are other factors which may affect the cost such as the severity of the periodontal disease and how many teeth are involved.
The remarkable speed of the laser, the reduced anesthesia, and the increased comfort for patients makes the new system increasingly attractive to dental practices. You should note however that many insurance plans pay for only a portion of the treatment. You should discuss your payment options with the dental office personnel before laser treatment begins. You are encouraged to take care of the need as soon as possible to reduce further damage to your gums, teeth, and bone.