Taking care of your mouth is important. If you have gum disease (also commonly referred to as periodontal disease or periodontitis), the action is required right away. Gum disease is a progressive condition that can have dire consequences on the health of your mouth and can even lead to other health issues such as heart disease or diabetes. Scaling and root planing is a common treatment for gum disease, but inflamed gum tissue often blocks access to your teeth. Traditionally, a scalpel has been used to remove this tissue. At National Dental Hicksville, we offer laser treatment.
Gum disease is a devastating disease, although when it starts, it may not seem like it. The earliest stages of gum disease are barely noticeable. As plaque and bacteria collect in your mouth, they irritate the gum tissue. In response, the tissue becomes inflamed. Your gums may look red and puffy, and they may bleed when you brush your teeth.
These symptoms are often overlooked. As a result, the disease progresses. Swollen gums create pockets between the tissue and your teeth, providing a hiding place for bacteria. Below the gum line, bacteria attack your periodontal ligaments and jawbone. The pockets continue to get deeper. Your gums recede, and your teeth become loose. They can eventually fall out.
Scaling and root planing are common procedures performed to remove plaque, tartar (hardened plaque that cannot be brushed away) and bacteria from both the surfaces of your teeth and their roots. Sometimes, however, inflamed gum tissue prevents proper access to your teeth, meaning that your teeth may not be able to be thoroughly cleaned.
In the past, the easiest way to gain access to your teeth was to cut away the infected gum tissue using a manual scalpel. This tool is well known for causing bleeding during the procedure, as well as significant post-procedure pain and swelling.
The development of the laser has helped to limit these issues. Laser dentistry for periodontal disease involves the use of a high-intensity laser light beam to remove infected gum tissue. The light is no thicker than a human hair, and cauterizes your tissues as it cuts, limiting bleeding. With the tissue removed, we can provide you with a much more effective scaling and root planing procedure.
One of the biggest issues with the use of a scalpel is the pain and swelling that occurs after the procedure is over. The laser provides us with pinpoint accuracy, which minimizes tissue trauma. This means that there is significantly less pain and swelling after your procedure is done.
Pain is one of the leading factors that keep patients with dental anxiety out of the dentist’s chair. Avoiding treatment, though, only allows the condition to worsen, which means more invasive treatments later. Because the laser reduces pain, those with anxiety can better relax and get the dental work they need done.
Laser dentistry has several benefits:
As with any treatment, there are some risks involved with laser dentistry. The biggest risk is that the wrong wavelength may be used, which can further damage your gum tissue. We are highly trained in the use of the laser, which greatly reduces the risk.
Treatment of gum disease is required to prevent serious health issues. Contact National Dental Hicksville today at (516) 629-5086 to learn more.