Laser Dentistry for Gum Disease Treatment
Laser technology is used in advanced dentistry to make many treatments easier, more efficient, and less uncomfortable, including gum disease treatment. At Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions, our sophisticated laser equipment is used to destroy tartar and bacteria and even help regenerate healthy gum tissue so you can recover fully from gum disease and be on your way to a healthy, beautiful smile.
The importance of treating gum disease
Close to half of all American adults suffer from some form of gum disease, from minor gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. No matter what stage of gum disease you might have, treatment begins with a thorough deep cleaning and may also include a need for antibiotic therapy and laser gum treatment.
Scaling and Root Planing using traditional manual instruments is the typical treatment for gum disease. Most patients find this kind of therapy unpleasant and may avoid going to the dentist so they don’t have to undergo this treatment. Leaving gum disease to fester, however, is the sure route to deteriorating oral health. The infection will never clear up on its own – dental intervention is always necessary – and, eventually, will lead to tooth loss.
Our Perio-Lase MVP-7 is laser dentistry done under local anesthetic and destroys bacteria that live in and around the gums, a targeted treatment that is more comfortable, minimizes bleeding and swelling, and allows for faster healing. LANAP laser dentistry is a cutting-edge procedure that offers periodontal regeneration for people with severe gum disease that allows gum tissue to regenerate. This advanced surgical treatment can be done in your Manhattan Beach dentist’s office and far surpasses any other advancements in gum disease therapy.
How laser dentistry for gum disease works
Laser dentistry is designed to target the diseased areas of the gum only, so inflammation is reduced and infected areas are cleared away. The super-fine, high-powered dental laser is inserted between the infected gum and tooth and targets only diseased tissues, avoiding the healthy areas. No scalpels or sutures are needed to complete the procedure.
Typically, treatment takes a few sessions to address the entire mouth and each appointment will last for about two hours, depending on the severity of the gum disease. Though this may sound intense, laser dentistry is gentle in comparison to conventional gum disease treatment, an incredibly important factor for anyone who is living with tender, painful gums.
Laser gum disease therapy offers the following benefits:
- Minimal bleeding
- Reduced gum loss or gum recession
- Less sensitivity or pain
- Reduced swelling
- Fast healing
- Reduced likelihood of infection
Restorative dentistry after laser gum disease therapy
The most important goal of laser dentistry is to rid your mouth of gum disease in the gentlest and most effective way possible, so you are no longer in pain or suffering from an infection. The secondary goal is to prepare your mouth for dental restorations that can make your smile whole again.
If you have lost teeth because of severe periodontitis, it is essential to discuss the most viable restorative dentistry options for your unique oral health. After laser dentistry is completed, healing time will need to pass to ensure that your mouth is prepared for restorations. Then, you can consider:
- Dental implants: Replace both tooth root and crown, fill the holes in your smile, and help maintain the shape of your face by stimulating the jawbone.
- Dental bridges: Fill in the space left behind by one or two missing teeth; held in place with clasps and porcelain crowns.
- Dentures: Replace an entire arch of teeth as a removable appliance that requires adhesive or that clicks onto dental implants.
Rid your mouth of gum disease
If you are experiencing red or bleeding gums, inflammation, or loose teeth, schedule an appointment with Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions to get a diagnosis and find out if laser dentistry is appropriate for your symptoms. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss – but it doesn’t have to be. Gum disease is treatable. You can have a healthy, beautiful, strong, complete smile.
If you are experiencing red or bleeding gums, inflammation, or loose teeth, schedule an appointment with Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions to get a diagnosis310-340-6663