Laser Dentistry – Used for Periodontal Treatment and Pain Control
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, getting treatment right away is important. Untreated, it only continues to worsen, leading to receding gums, loose teeth, missing teeth. Bacteria can even get into your bloodstream, causing health problems like heart disease and stroke. Gum disease cannot be taken care of at home and requires professional treatment. Scaling and root planing is a common procedure done to remove buildup from your teeth so that your gums can begin to heal. However, swollen gums can sometimes interfere with an effective treatment. At National Dental Williston Park, we use laser dentistry to remove the infected tissue, allowing us to provide you with the best possible outcome.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease occurs as a result of a buildup of plaque (a sticky substance that accumulates on your teeth) and oral bacteria. Both of these irritate your gum tissue, causing it to become inflamed. These are the first signs of the earliest stage of gum disease (gingivitis). As your gums swell, they pull away from your teeth, creating pockets. Oral bacteria fall into these pockets and attack your periodontal ligaments and jawbone (along with your gums). Your ligaments and jawbone become weak, loosening your teeth. They may even fall out.
What is Laser Dentistry?
For your gums to heal from the effects of gum disease, plaque, tartar (plaque that has hardened), and bacteria need to be removed from the surfaces of your teeth and their roots. This is most frequently done with a procedure known as scaling and root planing. Scaling involves the removal of buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, including between them and just below the gums. Root planing involves smoothing the surfaces of your tooth roots, making it more difficult for new plaque and bacteria to adhere. With your teeth clean, your gums can begin to heal.
In some cases, inflamed gum tissue can get in the way of performing a thorough scaling and root planing. If this cleaning is not done completely, your gums will be unable to heal. The infected gum tissue interfering with scaling and root planing used to be removed with a scalpel. While the scalpel is effective, it has a few major drawbacks. The scalpel causes bleeding during your procedure. It also causes pain and swelling during your recovery period. At National Dental, we use laser dentistry. The laser uses a thin, high-intensity light beam to remove infected gum tissue. The laser cauterizes as it works, limiting bleeding.
Along with limiting bleeding, the laser helps to minimize post-procedure pain and swelling. This is possible thanks to the pinpoint accuracy provided by the laser. It can remove just a few cells at a time, limiting tissue trauma.
The fear of pain is one of the main reasons many people avoid dental treatment. By avoiding necessary periodontal treatments, you run the risk of facing serious oral health complications. Because laser dentistry helps to significantly limit the amount of pain you feel as a result of your procedure, your fears and anxieties can be put at ease. Getting the treatments you need when you need them will help to prevent gum disease from worsening, saving you from the need for much more invasive treatments later.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
There are many benefits to using laser dentistry:
- Less pain and swelling while you heal.
- Minimal bleeding.
- Reduced tissue trauma.
- There is less downtime needed for recovery.
Scaling and root planing can effectively remove buildup from your teeth, allowing your gums the opportunity to begin healing. For more information on laser dentistry, call National Dental Williston Park today at (516) 686-9780.