Laser Dentistry for Gum Disease: Advanced Periodontal Care
By Patrick Casey on November 30, 2017
The dentists of Smile Montreal believe in state-of-the-art dental care. We use the latest technology and techniques to enhance the health of each patient who visits our office. This includes laser dentistry, a revolutionary approach treating the teeth and gums.
Dental lasers have many applications for dentists that benefit patients. Patients who suffer from gum disease in particular may benefit from the use of dental lasers for treatment. With that in mind, let's consider how laser dentistry can be used to treat gum disease.
About Gum Disease
Gum disease refers to a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. This is caused by the same bacteria that causes bad breath and tooth decay. As the gum tissue becomes inflamed, it leads to swelling, discoloration, bleeding, loss of gum tissue (gum recession) and other serious issues with the gums. Left untreated, it's possible to lose teeth as a result of gum disease and for the infection of the gums to spread to other parts of the mouth.
There are three stages of gum disease, listed below from least severe to most severe:
- Advanced periodontitis
Traditional Treatments for Gum Disease
When treating traditional gum disease, it's common for dentists to use antiseptic rinses and medications to get the infection under control. Root planing and scaling can be performed to help address issues with tooth decay along the gumline and the tooth roots.
For more advanced gum disease, antibiotics and oral surgery may be required. The latter helps repair gum tissue that's been severely damaged by the infection.
What Is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry refers to the use of lasers as a diagnostic tool and an instrument for hard tissue and soft tissue treatment. Rather than using traditional instruments, dentists can rely on the precision and effectiveness of a laser that's specifically designed for treating the teeth and gums.
How Lasers Can Help Treat Gum Disease
Dental lasers may many uses when it comes to treating the gum tissue. When it comes to treating gum disease, laser dentistry can be a helpful part of removing damaged gum tissue and helping with the root planing and scaling process. This form of deep cleaning can help prevent tooth decay forming at the tooth root and prevent more serious dental health problems down the road.
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry for the Gums
When treating the gums, dental lasers have many benefits over scalpels and traditional/physical instruments. They include:
- Less bleeding since lasers cauterize as they cut
- Reduced risk of surgical and post-op infection
- Comparable if not greater accuracy when compared to scalpels
- Faster healing times for patients
- More comfortable recovery after laser dental treatments
Tips for Preventing Gum Disease
While lasers and other advanced tools are helpful, they're no substitute for traditional oral hygiene and preventative dental care. Here are some simple tips to help prevent gum disease:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
- Floss your teeth at least once a day (ideally after every meal)
- Avoid smoking and the use of tobacco products
- Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water
- Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and maintenance
Contact Smile Montreal
To learn more about laser dentistry and how we can help you experience improved dental health and wellness, be sure to contact the dentists are our dental care practice today. The dental care team of Smile Montreal will work closely with you to improve the appearance of your smile as well as your overall well-being.
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