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How Laser Technology Can Treat Periodontal Disease

Posted on December 16, 2020

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is an infection of the supporting tissues and bone that grip the teeth in place. Typically affecting adults in their 30s and 40s, periodontal disease may begin as a result of several factors such as poor oral health, genetics, certain medications, smoking, and chronic illnesses such as diabetes.

A standard treatment for gum disease is known as scaling and root planing or SRP. It is a nonsurgical treatment that encompasses cleaning the surfaces of teeth and their roots, which may be exposed due to receding gums.

Laser treatment is a tissue-protecting, regenerative, and bone-strengthening operation. In general dentistry, the dentist operates the laser to access a contaminated section to eradicate the infected tissue and bacteria. Once the infected tissue is destroyed, and the root is vulnerable, the calculus is extracted with an ultrasonic root cleaner instead of manual scraping with hand tools. Lastly, laser energy is utilized to warm the stem cell that contains blood in the formerly contaminated section so that a seal is created against the root of the tooth. Laser treatment ensures that no tissue is deducted or gum tissue is reduced to a lower level on purpose. Laser treatment also stimulates stem cells in the tissue so that they form new connective tissues, collagen, and bone. The body’s natural healing process begins to regenerate the destroyed ligaments and bone around the tooth.

Laser technology can limit bleeding used for gum disease treatment. Many gingivitis patients suffer from severe gum bleeding and bone loss, and it’s due to this that bacteria must be removed from the teeth and gingival pockets. Lasers provide the benefit of not only eliminating the bacteria but also reducing bleeding, alleviating the swelling of gums, and eliminating the possible need for future gum disease treatment like gum surgery. Based on differing levels of gum disease, the power levels and wavelengths of the laser beam can be and should be adjusted so the dentist can have optimized control over the procedure. With these enhancements, it allows the dentists the capacity to provide a dental system that is specifically designed for individual patients and their particular issues.

Laser technology is useful but won’t cause any additional harm to patients for how well it works; it’s quite the opposite. With laser technology, there’s shorter healing time after the treatments since the laser causes little trauma to the tooth, gum, and surrounding area. The procedure is minimally invasive, meaning that patients feel little to no need for anesthesia, there is less pain and discomfort compared to drills, and patients experience significantly less anxiety. Best of all, after undergoing a specific laser treatment, the healthy parts of the teeth remain intact while removing cavities and severe bacterial infections. Because there are not several tools used for the procedure, lasers assist in sterilizing the area worked on and lowering the risk of bacterial infections. Eliminating a lot of factors that contribute to risks ensures that processes are completed safely with laser technology.

Want more information about Laser Technology? Contact ISmile Dental Spa Today!

Our dentists and team provide family-focused dental care that will always leave you smiling! We welcome you to call iSmile Dental Spa today at (916) 979-7122 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Angel Soto or Dr. Carla Gutierrez and learn more about laser treatments in Carmichael, California!

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