Laser Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease

By Dr. Ray Chow on October 16, 2019

Laser scaling and root planingGum disease is a progressive condition that compromises oral health and increases the risk of tooth loss. At Elements Dental, we focus on gum disease prevention. However, we are prepared to perform periodontal treatment to restore gum health when needed.

Fortunately, when gum disease is detected early on, it is easier to treat. Our dental team relies on minimally invasive gum disease treatments whenever possible. Often, one of the first lines of treatment for patients suffering from mild to moderate cases of gum disease is laser scaling and root planing. This treatment provides our Victoria, BC, patients with a safe and effective method to eliminate infection and encourage healing.


Laser scaling and root planing is a minimally invasive procedure that is typically performed with the use of local anesthetic. Because the procedure involves minimal risk, it is a suitable treatment option for virtually any patient who is suffering from the early stages of gum disease. Symptoms that may be present in a patient with mild to moderate stages of gum disease include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Gums that are dark pink or red in appearance
  • Increased sensitivity or irritation along the gum line
  • Bleeding when brushing the teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Mild gum recession

Individuals who are experiencing any of the above symptoms should schedule a dental exam as soon as possible so that our dentists can determine if gum disease is present. If we do diagnose periodontal disease, we will discuss appropriate treatment options, may include laser scaling and root planing.

What to Expect during Treatment

Laser scaling and root planing results in little, if any, pain for our Victoria patients. The dental laser that is used in the procedure cauterizes blood vessels as it treats tissues, which reduces bleeding and minimizes pain. We can use local anesthetic to numb the gums and further enhance patient comfort throughout treatment.

During scaling and root planing treatment, the concentrated power of the dental laser is used to remove plaque and tartar from the base of the teeth and beneath the gum line. Any diseased gum tissues will be removed so that new, healthy tissue can grow in its place.

We will also smooth out the roots of the teeth to eliminate rough patches or pockets where bacteria tend to buildup. Prior to completing treatment, we may use ozone therapy to promote healing and enhance regeneration of the gum tissues.

Benefits of Laser Scaling and Root Planing

Laser scaling and root planing offers our Victoria patients a number of benefits. First and foremost, this treatment eliminates infection and allows gum tissues to heal, which greatly improves the patient’s oral health. In addition, the laser technology used in this procedure offers numerous advantages over traditional scaling and root planing:

  • Laser scaling and root planing is more comfortable for patients
  • Laser scaling and root planing reduces damage to surrounding tissues
  • Laser scaling and root planing minimizes bleeding
  • Laser scaling and root planing involves a shorter recovery time

Contact Us

If you suspect that you are suffering from gum disease, it is important to seek treatment before the condition progresses. To learn more about laser scaling and root planing or the other periodontal treatments offered at Elements Dental, send us a message at your earliest convenience or call (250) 382-5233 to schedule an appointment.

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