Gum disease, also often called periodontal disease, is a serious oral health issue that requires professional treatment. When you have gum disease, brushing and flossing are not enough to eliminate it. The longer you put off dental treatment, the worse the condition becomes. Typically, scaling and root planing is used to eliminate the buildup on your teeth, which then allows your gums to heal. However, if your gum tissue is too inflamed, we cannot fully access the teeth for a thorough cleaning. At National Dental Sunnyside, laser dentistry is used to remove the inflamed tissue, allowing us to provide you with the treatment you need.
How Does Gum Disease Progress?Gum disease starts quietly. Plaque (a sticky film that forms on your teeth) and oral bacteria build up in your mouth. Both of these irritate your gum tissues, causing them to become inflamed. This leads to the tissues pulling away from your teeth, creating periodontal pockets. Bacteria fall into these pockets and continue attacking from the inside. Your gums continue to swell and recede. Your jawbone and periodontal ligaments weaken. Your teeth can become loose and may even fall out.
What is Laser Dentistry?Scaling and root planing is an essential treatment for removing plaque, tartar (hardened plaque that cannot be removed by brushing), and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth and their roots. However, in some cases, your gum tissue may be too inflamed for us to perform this treatment effectively. If certain areas are missed during this deep cleaning, your gums cannot properly heal.
In the past, this infected gum tissue was removed by using a manual scalpel. A scalpel is an effective tool, but it also has several drawbacks. For one, it causes bleeding during your treatment. The tool also causes a significant amount of tissue trauma, which then leads to a significant amount of pain and swelling once your procedure is over.
At National Dental, we use laser dentistry to remove your infected gum tissue. The laser is a high-intensity beam of light that is approximately the same thickness as a human hair. The laser helps to limit bleeding during your treatment, cauterizing as it cuts through your oral tissues. Once the tissue has been removed, we can then move forward with an effective scaling and root planing that will allow your gums to heal.
Controlling PainPain is one of the leading reasons that many people avoid dental treatment. Moreover, by ignoring your treatments, even a routine cleaning and exam, you run the risk of developing serious oral health problems that will require even more invasive treatments. The laser can operate at different wavelengths and offers pinpoint accuracy. It is advanced enough to remove just a few cells at a time. This reduces the amount of tissue trauma that your gums experience, which greatly reduces the amount of pain and swelling that you may experience following treatment. Less pain can mean less anxiety, which means you can get your periodontal treatment done with minimal anxiety.
Benefits of Laser DentistryLaser dentistry offers numerous benefits:
With laser dentistry, we can perform a thorough scaling and root planing, which will give your gums the opportunity they need to heal. For more information, contact National Dental Sunnyside today at (718) 925-3365.