Do your gums look red and swollen, are they tender and bleed when brushing your teeth? Do they look like they’re sinking into your gums? If so, you may have periodontitis or gum disease. If not treated promptly, you could face problems getting rid of decay-causing bacteria and eventually lose your teeth. Fortunately, our dentists at The Art of Dentistry use laser technology to treat this disease.
When developing gum disease, having excellent oral hygiene is the most important thing you can do at home. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontitis, and it’s curable by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and visiting a dentist every six months for teeth cleanings.
Our dentists near you use a laser for root planing and scaling teeth cleanings. They remove plaque and tartar deposits on teeth to help prevent dental decay. The traditional tools for this cleaning are hand tools like curettes or scalers. The lasers work faster and are more thorough in removing the deposits.
If the gum disease is advancing and your gums are receding, the laser can remove smaller amounts of tissue than conventional treatments. Also, they can remove plaque and tartar buildup in the emerging pockets and help remove the bacteria that keep the gums from reattaching to the teeth.
Periodontal treatment with a laser is in conjunction with other traditional therapies to treat gum disease. Along with cleanings, tissue removal, and removing bacteria from gum pockets, our dentist in Park Ridge, IL, may prescribe antibiotics if you have infected tissue or other medications to reduce inflammation around teeth.
Using lasers to treat gum disease has many advantages for both the patient and dentist. When needed to remove tissues, the laser is faster, and it doesn’t remove more tissue or bone than is necessary. Also, not as much anesthesia is necessary because the treatments are not as uncomfortable as traditional methods. No cutting equals less pain.
If your oral hygiene isn’t on point and your gums look like they need help, visit The Art of Dentistry, where they use modern technology to treat and resolve age-old teeth issues.