Gum disease is a serious oral health condition, although when it starts, you might think that it’s no big deal. The disease is progressive and can quickly result in tooth loss. It can also impact your overall health and your quality of life. Scaling and root planing is a common procedure used for treating gum disease before it causes too much damage. However, inflamed gum tissue can often prevent proper treatment. In the past, a scalpel has been used to provide the access needed to thoroughly clean your teeth. At National Dental Oakland Gardens, we provide the latest treatments for your oral healthcare needs, including the use of laser dentistry.
GUM DISEASE PROGRESSION
Gum disease starts as gingivitis. The symptoms – red, swollen, bleeding gums – are often overlooked, written off as the cause of vigorous brushing or flossing. This happens as a result of a buildup of plaque and bacteria on your teeth irritating your gum tissue. As your gums swell, they pull away from your teeth, and bacteria fall into the resulting pockets. The bacteria attack from inside, weakening your jawbone and periodontal ligaments. Eventually, your teeth can become loose and fall out.
Scaling and root planing is a common treatment for gum disease. It is designed to remove plaque, tartar and bacteria buildup from the surfaces of your teeth and their roots. However, because your gum tissue is inflamed, it can be difficult to fully access your teeth, making it difficult to thoroughly clean your teeth. If your teeth are not completely cleaned, your gums cannot heal, and the issue will persist.
To access the teeth, the infected gum tissue needs to be removed. In the past, this was done with a scalpel, which causes a fair amount bleeding, as well as post-procedure pain and swelling. Today, however, the infected gum tissue is removed with laser dentistry. The laser uses a thin, high-intensity beam of light. The light cauterizes your tissue as it cuts, minimizing bleeding. Once the tissue is removed, we can then move ahead with scaling and root planing, and your gums can begin to heal.
The laser minimizes pain and bleeding during tissue removal. Because the light is so accurate, it reduces the amount of tissue trauma you experience. This results in less pain as well as less swelling as you heal. It can also help if you experience dental anxiety. Because there is less pain, you are less likely to be anxious about your procedure. By undergoing a scaling and root planing now, you can prevent the need for more invasive treatments later.
There are many benefits involved with laser dentistry:
- The laser minimizes bleeding during your procedure.
- Tissue trauma, pain and swelling after your procedure is greatly reduced.
- Pinpoint accuracy.
- Your recovery period is shortened.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS TO LASER DENTISTRY?
Ther risk of a laser procedure is far less than that of a surgical one. The biggest risk involved with the use of a laser is the strength of the wavelength setting. The wrong wavelength can damage your gum tissue further. We are highly trained in the use of the laser, so the risks are minimal.
With laser dentistry, we can provide an effective scaling and root planing treatment, and help your gums to heal. Call National Dental Oakland Gardens at (718) 407-0574 to learn more.