Laser Gum Surgery
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a serious oral health issue that can have a major impact on your oral health and your quality of life. Unfortunately, increasing your brushing and flossing frequency at home is not enough to eradicate the problem. When you have gum disease, prompt, professional treatment is required. Putting off treatment only leads the issue to become worse. For years, invasive surgical procedures have been used to treat more advanced stages of gum disease. At Edelweiss Dental Implant Center, we are making use of today’s latest technological developments. We can treat your gum disease with laser gum surgery.
The Progression of Gum Disease
When gum disease starts, you may not even know you have it. The earliest stages of the disease – redness, swelling, and bleeding while brushing and flossing – are often mistaken for aggressive oral care. As a result, the symptoms go untreated. Swollen gums eventually begin to pull away from your teeth, allowing bacteria and other debris to fall below the gum line. The bacteria begin to attack from the inside, harming your gums and weakening your jawbone and periodontal ligaments. Eventually, your teeth can become loose or even fall out.
Traditional Gum Surgery
Typically, gum disease is treated with a procedure known as scaling and root planing. With this procedure, specialized tools are used to remove plaque, tartar, bacteria, and other toxins from the surfaces of your teeth, while smoothing the roots. In many cases, this allows your gums to reattach to the teeth and heal. If the periodontal pockets are too deep, however, scaling and root planing tools cannot effectively clean the teeth. In the past, this would mean that surgery using a scalpel was needed. Scalpels cause significant tissue trauma, as well as bleeding. During recovery, which could often take quite some time, you may experience swelling and pain.
Laser Gum Surgery
Laser gum surgery allows us to treat more advanced stages of gum disease without the invasiveness associated with the scalpel. By setting the laser to different wavelengths, we can accomplish different tasks. The laser can be used to remove infected tissue, providing us with the access we need to thoroughly clean your teeth. It can also help to disinfect your teeth, killing the bacteria that is hiding out underneath your gums. It can also be used to stimulate new tissue growth, which then allows your gums to heal faster.
Benefits of Laser Gum Surgery
If you have gum disease, it is important to seek treatment right away. With laser gum surgery, we can provide you with the treatment you need, with less bleeding, pain, and swelling, allowing you to recover faster. For more information about laser gum surgery, contact Edelweiss Dental Implant Center today at (972) 930-5154.