Convenient Treatment, Fast Recovery
Traditionally, soft tissue procedures, such as a gingivectomy, frenectomy, or gummy smile treatment required the use of scalpels, incisions and sutures. Though these techniques are still common and effective, laser dentistry has made it possible to receive minimally invasive dental care. We are certified and trained in laser dentistry procedures and offer it to patients searching for a more comfortable alternative. With laser dentistry, your treatment will be less time-consuming, highly safe, and minimally invasive enough to let you return to daily activities almost immediately!
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Many patients with dental anxiety find that they can turn to laser dentistry instead of coupling sedation with traditional treatment. Laser dentistry is not only more comfortable than traditional dentistry, but eliminates the need for needles, noisy dental drills, and invasive scalpels. We also use dental lasers to sterilize and create healthy blood clots at the treatment site that help jumpstart the healing process, and minimize bleeding and swelling during and after the procedure. Laser dentistry can effectively treat a variety of soft tissue concerns, including gum disease, ulcers, and gummy smiles.
Gum disease treatment to remove diseased gum tissue and clear bacteria from the tooth surface.
Removal of a portion of the soft tissue holding the upper lip and tongue to provide greater movement.
Vaporizing the infection to reduce scarring and discomfort while discouraging infection from returning.
Adding an extra layer of protection to the tooth enamel to reduce the amount of sensitivity felt.
Reshaping the gum line to expose teeth for treatment or to improve the appearance of a gummy smile.
Improving Oral Health with Laser Dentistry
Pressure and discomfort that comes from the vibration of traditional dental tools, including the sounds and smells associated with treatment, keep many patients from attending routine hygiene appointments. Dental lasers are virtually silent tools, and are more efficient at rapidly removing disease and decay from the soft tissue in a way that provides the greatest amount of comfort for our patients. The less invasive nature of laser dentistry encourages many wary patients to visit the dentist and receive necessary preventative care. Routine care in turn helps improve your oral health and keep it maintained in the future!
The Proof Is In Our Patients
Is there a cure for gum disease?
The only type of periodontal or gum disease that can be cured is gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be cured by professional cleanings at our office, followed by daily brushing and flossing. Periodontally disease cannot be cured. It can however be controlled for the rest of your life.
Is gum disease reversible?
Early stages of gum disease such as gingivitis are reversible with a thorough dental cleaning and good daily home care. However, if you prolong the time between dental visits or fail to brush well or clean between your teeth, gingivitis will return. More severe periodontal or gum disease is generally not reversible, but it is treatable. If the bone and tissue holding the teeth in place aren’t impacted, this damage is usually reversible. If the bone and tissue holding the teeth in place are impacted, the damage it causes is permanent. We can stop the disease from progressing and the potential systemic problems such as cardiovascular disease, it is associated with. We are able in many situations able to restore and rebuild the bone.
What is the best treatment for gum disease?
With gum or periodontal disease, there are varying treatments depending upon the severity of the condition. In the early stages of gum disease, the first step usually involves a special cleaning called scaling and root planing, which removes plaque and tartar deposits on the tooth and root surfaces. The scaling and root planing help gum tissues heal and reattach to the tooth. A general cleaning or prophy is not appropriate at this stage and will not remedy the situation. A more severe case of periodontal or gum disease may need treatment by a specialist called a periodontist.