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Dental care with lasers
Updated: 1/5/2009 4:00:21 PM

Dental care with lasers Patients suffering from gum disease are finding a new way to administer dental care without invasive surgery thanks to lasers.

The procedure is called laser-assisted periodontal therapy, which reduces the size of unhealthy gum pockets, North Dakota news station KFYR reports. Though the treatment doesn't replace dental care for extreme gum disease cases, it can be used for patients with moderate cases of the condition instead of undergoing a painful procedure.

"This laser is very smart. It will leave healthy tissue alone and only go to tissue that's inflamed or red or irritated. That unhealthy tissue will stick to the tip and come off, but leaving the healthy layer underneath," Beckie Waldy, a Bismark dental hygienist, told the news provider.

Patients with gum disease receive the necessary dental care through a sometimes painful surgery. Bismark resident Connie Backhaus told KFYR she had poor dental health for 20 years and was forced to go "under the knife" to treat her gum disease. When she discovered this new laser treatment, she immediately signed up to avoid another painful procedure.

"It's very comfortable. I mean, I had a little bit of aching the first night and that's it," said Backhaus.

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