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Are You Healthy Enough for Traditional Oral Surgery?

It is crucial to receive oral surgery before any long-term damage can permanently harm one’s oral health. Traditional oral surgery may not be for everybody. If someone has a serious health condition, it may not be safe to perform traditional oral surgery. The patient’s condition can increase risks and make the patient more vulnerable.

What is a common oral surgical procedure for other patients, may become a serious issue for a patient with a serious illness. If you are concerned that your health may hinder oral surgery or you do not want to endure the long recovery period that comes with some surgeries, visit our Memphis office for an alternative option that works wonders.

An alternative treatment

Traditional oral surgery still works excellently and is advised for many patients, but if your health puts you in an at-risk category, our laser therapy might be the best option for you. Our laser surgery uses an intense beam of light to correct dental flaws. The unwanted or unneeded tissue is easily vaporized with the laser energy. Lasers can also be a wonderful alternative to classic root planing and scale.

Our dental lasers gently remove bacteria and infection as they cleanse your gums. We use these lasers to often clean infected areas prior to another laser surgery like a gum graft. The pros of laser oral surgery are unlimited, but a few of the main uses are listed below.

The Benefits of Laser Oral Surgery:

  • Dental laser oral surgery is quicker and more efficient than traditional methods.
  • The use of lasers can detect early decay in your teeth.
  • Lasers remove bacteria more quickly than traditional dental tools.
  • Laser therapy is a less invasive way to remove the infection below the gum line if you have periodontal disease.
  • Lasers can reshape your gums after periodontal disease as an alternative to gum grafting.
  • Laser surgery cuts down on recovery time because it is so minimally invasive. The laser heat can jumpstart healing. 
  • Laser heat seals blood vessels and minimizes the need for sutures after a procedure. 
  • Our dental lasers can cut through and drain a tooth abscess for fast relief.
  • We can use our lasers to gently remove small potentially cancerous bits of oral tissue to send it in for a biopsy. 
  • Dental lasers can be used to remove lesions or sores that might be causing discomfort. 
  • With dental lasers, you don’t have to fear the ominous sound of a dental drill. This can be helpful for people who suffer from dental phobia.
  • Our laser oral surgery minimizes discomfort, and the potential for swelling following a procedure is reduced.

Although the pros of dental laser oral surgery far outweigh the cons, there is sometimes still a need for traditional oral surgery. In cases where your immune system is already compromised, we definitely encourage you to pursue a laser oral surgery first as it will more easily maintain your oral health as your immune system continues to heal.

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Dr. Eric Vanek, d.d.s

Eric has been a practicing dental surgeon for over 20 years and is the owner of Vanek Dentistry, a family dental practice in Costa Mesa, CA.

Published February 15, 2017. Updated August 17, 2021