Can periodontal laser surgery be done in a mouth with dental implants?
Posted Apr 20 2009 11:11pm
Periodontal laser surgery is used to treat periodontal disease, which affects the gums around natural teeth. Some of those natural teeth (like what's left of mine) have amalgam (silver) fillings. No problem.
Lasers are site specific and if a natural tooth happens to be next to a titanium dental implant and your periodontist is experienced, it is safe. Periodontal laser surgery is a great choice: no bleeding, no stitches, almost no pain, and faster recovery.
Lasers are not used to treat dental implants because if you have an implant you should not have periodontal disease around it. A laser can accidentally get too close to a dental implant and contact may create a little zap, but not like in Star Wars.
Make sure that your periodontist has an extended education and experience with laser surgery. You can read more about laser dental surgery in my October, 31, 2007, blog; “Control Periodontal Disease With Laser Surgery.”