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Is a laser needed to treat my gum disease?

The simple answer to the question above is no.

Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The evidence base for the use of lasers in the treatment of periodontal/gum disease is unclear. However, what we do know is that they do not have any additional advantages over conventional treatment. Conventional therapy has been used predictably for many decades and often those who use lasers will charge you more for the treatment, but the outcome will be the same as that for conventional therapy. So further well-designed studies are required before the widespread use of lasers in periodontology can be advocated.