Gum disease is a progressive disease. It starts out barely noticeable, with swollen, red gums. As it progresses, bacteria travel below the gum line and begin to attack your gums from the inside, along with the periodontal ligaments that support your teeth and the jawbone. Your gums begin to recede, your teeth become loose and, eventually, they fall out. At National Dental Douglaston, we utilize the latest techniques and technology to treat your oral health issues. Laser dentistry helps us to treat your gum disease effectively, and with less pain.
LASER DENTISTRY FOR PERIODONTAL TREATMENT
When your gums are infected and inflamed, they can get in the way of properly cleaning your teeth and their roots. To effectively remove all of the buildup on your teeth, the infected tissue must first be removed. Traditionally, this was performed with a scalpel, a manual metal tool used to cut away the affected tissues. The scalpel causes bleeding and often leads to a significant amount of post-procedure pain and swelling.
The use of the laser has changed all of that. Instead of a scalpel, a laser uses a high-intensity beam of light that is no thicker than a human hair. The laser light cuts easily through your gum tissue, cauterizing as it goes, providing us with the access we need to perform scaling and root planing thoroughly. This scaling and root planing involves the removal of plaque, tartar and bacteria buildup on the surfaces of your teeth, and smooths plaque, bacteria, and toxin buildup off of their roots. With the surfaces smoothed, it becomes more difficult for new bacteria to adhere and allows your gums the opportunity to heal.
Thanks to the laser, the amount of pain you experience as a result of this procedure is significantly reduced. This is because there is much less tissue trauma. The laser offers pinpoint accuracy. It can cut just a few cells at a time.
With much less pain involved, both during and after, the procedure becomes less frightening. Patients who typically avoid seeking dental treatment, whether out of fear of pain or other reasons, are more likely to get the periodontal treatments they need to help restore the health of their mouths. Moreover, by seeking treatment sooner, you are much more likely to avoid the more serious consequences associated with periodontal disease.
BENEFITS OF LASER DENTISTRY
Laser dentistry has many benefits:
- The laser cauterizes your gum tissue as it cuts, lessening the amount of bleeding experienced with your procedure.
- Scalpels are invasive, and can severely irritate your gum tissues. Lasers are not only less invasive and involve far less tissue trauma. This results in significantly less pain and swelling after your procedure.
- Lasers offer a greater degree of accuracy. We are better able to target infected gum tissue and remove it to provide the best results possible.
- Less pain means that there is no need for a general anesthetic.
- Your recovery and healing are much quicker.
Laser dentistry allows for more effective, and less painful, gum disease treatment. Call National Dental Douglaston at (718) 557-9882 for more information!