Your teeth are loose, and your gums bleed when brushed, they are red and swollen, you have persistent bad breath? You must act quickly before your teeth fall ill. Until now, the standard treatment for gum disease at advanced stages was surgery.
Today, we have at our disposal a new tool: the laser! The laser technique is less cumbersome and less painful than surgery. It is an interesting alternative for treating periodontitis (gum disease).
This article will explore the effectiveness of laser dentistry in treating gum disease.
Periodontitis or periodontal disease is the destruction of the tissues that support the teeth, the periodontium, whose gum is the visible part. This destruction is caused by bacteria in scale.
If nothing is done for months or even years, the teeth gradually come off without pain and eventually fall, because the bacteria destroy the fibers that anchor the tooth inside the bone.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Dentistry?
Whether using surgery or laser, the goal is to thoroughly clean the supporting tissue to remove tartar, and therefore bacteria.
“In surgical treatment, the gingiva is removed from the bone with a scalpel and then cleaned by curettage. The disadvantages of this treatment are a pain, bleeding, swelling of the tissues, and sometimes also post-surgical retraction of the gums. With the laser, we do not encounter any of these side effects, because this technique is not intrusive.
The laser tip is inserted into the existing pockets between the gingiva and the tooth. The only side effect for some is a transient sensitivity to cold and heat for a few days, “says the dentist.
How Does Laser Dentistry Treat Gum Disease?
After locally anesthetizing the gingiva, the laser, with or without oxygenated water depending on its type, is applied on and under the gums. It generates a beam of light, which has a bactericidal and biostimulant action promoting the healing and closing of the pockets between the gingiva and the tooth. Four one-hour sessions are necessary.
In a week, results are visible. The laser is a very effective treatment, which has no contraindications, but it asks the patient, like any periodontal treatment, to undergo scrupulous oral hygiene.
Looking for a Dentist Who Does Laser Therapy in Fort Mill?
Our periodontist Dr. Samir Patel is exeperienced in providing laser dental treatments in Fort Mill, SC! If you have any additional questions about laser dentistry, periodontics, or would like to schedule with Dr. Patel, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today! We look forward to serving you.