A smile suffering from mild or severe periodontal disease is one vulnerable to discomfort and even tooth loss. To offer treatment with precision and accuracy, we will use dental lasers instead of scalpels and sutures. In today’s blog, your San Diego, CA, periodontist talks about how lasers provide quality treatment for periodontal concerns.
A Look at Gingivitis and Gum Disease
Gingivitis, also known as gum inflammation, occurs when the tissues supporting your teeth are irritated and inflamed. This could be brought on by tobacco use, poor oral hygiene (which leaves behind plaque buildup), infrequent dental cleanings, family history of gum concerns, or the use of certain medications. Certain inflammatory illnesses are a factor too. At this stage, you may encounter sore, red gums that bleed when you brush and floss. Without treatment, the inflammation grows more severe until pockets form at the gum line. When harmful oral bacteria enter these pockets, the disease stage develops. Periodontal disease cannot be cured, but it can be managed to fight the late stage linked to tooth loss, commonly referred to as periodontitis.
Treatment with Precision
Dental lasers empty a concentrated beam of light specially calibrated for the soft tissues, which can provide treatment with precision and accuracy and prevents damage to healthy tissues. We can use this to help address minor or even severe cases of periodontal disease. For the gingivitis stage, we could use this to remove harmful buildup from the teeth and the roots, so we can help reverse the issue. Once gum disease develops and grows more severe, we could employ this technology to remove diseased tissues, so healthy ones can adhere to the teeth and reduce the depth of these pockets.
The lasers offer comfortable treatment, with treatments rarely requiring the use of dental anesthesia. They also reduce the risk of swelling and bleeding, and since they destroy bacteria, this helps prevent the risk of infection following treatment. In many cases, people may need only a day to rest and can return to normal activities afterward. They offer greater precision than scalpels or sutures, and in fact treatment doesn’t require the use of sutures at all!
If you have any questions about how we treat periodontal issues with advanced laser dentistry, then contact our team today. If you have gums that feel sore, appear red, or bleed silty, then let us know right away.
Your Encinitas/San Diego, CA Periodontist Offers Healthier Smiles
Our team is ready to help you avoid the impact of periodontitis with proper treatment. If you would like to find out more about correcting your smile with advanced technology, then please call Dr. Kania’s laser periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.