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18 October 2021
LASER DENTISTRY FOR GUM DISEASES
Did you know your poor oral health can lead to other health issues? One of the common oral health issues faced by people in the adolescent and older ages is gum infection. These infections in gum arise from unhealthy dental practices, and the problem begins with plaque build-up and escalates to severe Periodontal gum disease and tooth extraction. Periodontitis also leads to heart diseases, and hence it is better to treat it and even wiser to prevent it. With the advancement of technology, treatment of gum diseases is being done using laser technology that has potential advantages. Here is a quick overview of how laser technology is effective in the treatment of gum diseases like Periodontitis.
WHAT IS PERIODONTITIS?
When you do not brush and floss your teeth properly and regularly, bacteria form plaque around the teeth at and below the gumline and tissues. This initial stage of gum disease is known as Gingivitis. The plaque left not removed hardens to form blackish tartar, also known as calculus. The bacteria in plaque and tartar infect the gums badly and pull them away from the teeth, exposing the teeth roots. It also leads to the loss of dental tissues and tooth bones.
SYMPTOMS OF PERIODONTITIS
The symptoms of Periodontitis show the signs of unhealthy gums as below:
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loosened teeth
- Bad breath and bad taste
- Gums pulling away from the teeth
- Trouble in chewing or biting food
LASER TREATMENT OF PERIODONTAL GUM DISEASES
The treatment for gum diseases deploys the scaling and root planning method(SRP) in which the surfaces and teeth roots are cleaned to remove the bacteria. With modern technology, lasers are used to access the infected pocket of gums and destroy the underlying infected tissue and bacteria. After the tissue gets removed, the tartar hiding in the teeth roots are removed using an ultrasonic root cleaner. Finally, using laser energy the stem cells in the tissue are activated which stimulate the tissues to create a seal of tissues around the tooth root. Lasers stimulate tissues to further form new connective tissues and bone to preserve dental health.
BENEFITS OF LASER DENTISTRY IN THE TREATMENT OF GUM DISEASES
Laser treatment is one of the safest procedures for dental health as it preserves the tissues and activates bone-building. Lasers are highly focused and hence only treat the infected portion of the tooth rather than disturbing the adjacent teeth and gums. Lasers also sterilize the infected area, minimizing the risk for re-infection or a new bacterial infection.
People with gum diseases often suffer due to bleeding gums. During gum surgery, bleeding gums and bone loss hinder the effective removal of infection and bacteria. However, when lasers are used, the bleeding is highly minimized, and the swelling of gums is also reduced. Lasers cure the gums and prevent the need for consequent gum surgery.
Most laser treatments do not require anaesthesia as the procedure is less invasive. The pain incurred is too less and there is no discomfort caused either during the treatment or during the recovery. What seems to be another benefitting factor of laser treatment is it ensures quicker recovery and better healing than other traditional treatments.
Some people have the fear of dental procedures known as dentophobia. People suffering from dental anxiety or dentophobia feel panicking at the mere sight of dental surgery equipment like drills, etc. As lasers do not use such dangerous equipment and do not incur much pain, even people with dental anxiety can be satisfied and fear-free about the procedure.
Also, treatment using lasers offers another benefit of patient optimized treatment. The wavelengths and the power levels of the laser beam can be customized to the level of the gum infection that a person is suffering from for a better treatment rather than a generalized one.
Laser is one of the modern technologies that streamline dentistry procedures with better results, quicker healing and minimum pain or bleeding. If you are suffering from gum disease, visit our clinic, the Elite Dental Care in Tracy for a painless and quick laser treatment procedure.