During your dental exam, you receive the news from the dentist that you have gum disease. While no one wants to hear they have a gum infection, several treatments are available to restore total health to your gums. Among other gum disease therapies, Mark H. Wright DDS offers laser dentistry to combat periodontal disease.
Gum disease starts like a joke. If you neglect your oral health for a few days, food particles mix with bacteria and saliva to form plaque that clings to your teeth. Plaque offers a suitable environment for harmful bacteria to grow and multiply. These bacteria secrete toxic substances that inflame your gums, resulting in swelling and redness.
If plaque isn’t removed, it’s only a matter of time before it hardens into tartar, which causes periodontitis—a more advanced form of gum disease. Periodontitis not only compromises your soft tissues but also penetrates the jawbone, resulting in tooth loss.
The standard treatment for mild to moderate gum disease is a deep cleaning, which involves scaling to remove plaque and tartar below and above your gums. Your dentist also smooths your tooth roots to discourage the growth of harmful bacteria. Additionally, dentists and periodontists use surgical options to treat advanced periodontal disease.
Thanks to technological advancements, your dentist can treat gum disease with non-invasive methods. Dentists use periodontal lasers to access and remove the infected tissue while leaving healthy tissues intact. Furthermore, lasers remove deep-seated plaque and tartar in deep gum pockets. After laser treatment, your mouth heals and regenerates to regain its former vibrancy.
Dentists can use laser therapy to boost the efficacy of traditional treatments like deep cleanings. Whether used alone or to complement other treatments, laser therapy yields numerous benefits, including: