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Laser Gum Surgery
JulieAggie posted:
I just scheduled the surgery for next month, 6500.00 for the procedure and insurance will only pay 1000.00. I have Lupus and am an ex smoker so the combination has caused much gum damage but want to feel that this will improve and help me keep my teeth for years to come. My teeth are in great shape and I brush 3 times a day. Would love to here any input regarding previous people having the surgery or expert advise
Gwen Cohen Brown, DDS, FAAOMP responded:
Hi JulieAggie,

Laser treatment for periodontal disease can be an effective treatment for some patients. Without X-rays and a clinical exam it is not possible to determine if you would benefit from the procedure.

I strongly recommend that you see a periodontist - a gum specialist - for a second opinion prior to beginning the laser treatment. You can look online at the American Dental Educators Association web site to find a periodontist near you or if you have a dental school or a hospital with a dental department close to home you can make an appointment for a second opinion.

As this is a relatively new procedure you can ask your dentist why they prefer laser treatment over traditional surgical care and if they have had a chance to compare both procedures.

I hope this helps.

Dr. Gwen Cohen Brown

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