In our office we use laser Nd: Yag as an adjunctive during periodontal treatment.
The use of laser in the dental field is becoming very popular nowadays. This does not mean that laser treatment can replace the classic way (conservative and surgical) of the periodontal trerapy.
The laser is very useful for the disinfection of very deep periodontal pockets as an adjunctive to scaling and root planing. This is true especially in areas that are hard to reach, such as furcation defects of multirooted teeth, where the conservative scaling and root planing has limited application. It can also be used for canker sores and other mouth ulcers. In these cases laser application helps by alleviating the pain and discomfort as well as making the symptoms go by faster.
Laser treatment can also find use in the surgical treatment of periodontitis. For example it can be used in frenectomies and in gingivoplasties instead of the classic method. The advantages of using the laser in these cases is less bleeding and less pain for the patient. It can also be used post operatively in many cases because through a procedure called biostimulation, it enhances the tissue healing.