Laser Periodontal Surgery

Dr. Leaderman is one of the few periodontitis in the country trained to use a laser for gentle, precise and conservative periodontal treatment.

What is a Laser?

A laser is a high tech devise that generates a tiny beam of very concentrated light. This beam of light brings energy into your mouth through a tiny fiber, to help remove areas of infection and remove gum disease around the teeth with great precision and accuracy.
The laser beam sterilizes the affected area and seals off blood vessels, which minimizes the chance of infection or bleeding. Patients are also much more comfortable during and after treatment with laser therapy. The need for local anesthetic is reduced but it is usually used to make sure that you feel absolutely nothing during the treatment

Are Lasers New to Dentistry?

Lasers were introduced into dentistry in the 1980’s after they had been used in general and eye surgery. Dr. Leaderman has been involved in laser research and was one of the first to use laser surgery in New England.  Dr. Leaderman has also lectured on laser surgery at Harvard Dental School, Tufts School of Dentistry as well as throughout the United States and Europe.  

Are Lasers Dangerous?

In the hands of a skilled specially trained periodontitis like Dr. Leaderman, lasers are very safe. Dental lasers are very low powered, which is essential for treating the delicate tissues of the mouth. In addition, the controlled heat and light of the laser destroys many bacteria and viruses in the mouth and inside periodontal pockets.

Benefits of laser dentistry:

  • Faster healing.
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Decreased Sensitivity.
  • Less time in the dental chair.
  • Less bleeding.
  • Less post-treatment discomfort

Is Laser Dental Periodontal Treatment For Me?

After thorough examination, Dr. Leaderman can determine if the use of our laser is indicated for you. Apart from the fact that laser treatment is very gentle and quiet and heals with very little post-operative discomfort or bleeding, laser treatment may be very beneficial for the following situations:
1.    Blood Thinners: If you are on Coumadin or take aspirin every day and your MD does not want you to stop them, then laser treatment is beneficial because of the reduced chance of bleeding during treatment.
2.    If you have high blood pressure and the use of Epinephrine is contraindicated, then laser treatment is for you.
3.    If you are allergic or hypersensitive to Epinephrine, causing rapid heartbeat whenever you get Novocaine, then the use of laser treatment is beneficial, since Epinephrine is not necessary to be used.