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Mar
14

Non-Surgical Laser Gum Treatment

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Did you know that among adults, the most common cause of tooth loss is preventable?  It’s thought that nearly half of all American adults suffer from some form of gum disease, yet without treatment, a moderate case can become severe, causing infection and eventually loss of teeth.

Due to fear of painful, invasive interventions, some people ignore their initial symptoms of gum disease. If you have periodontal disease, non-surgical LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) treatment can provide effective, gentle treatment for healthier gums.

What is Gum Disease?

Periodontal or gum disease is simply an infection of the gum tissue that extends into the bone. This not-so-simple disease begins when tartar accumulates on your teeth, allowing bacteria to flourish and attack the soft tissues around your teeth. If this first stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, goes untreated, periodontal disease can develop. As it spreads into the jawbone, it eventually leads to the loss of teeth.

Why Choose LANAP?

LANAP offers many benefits over traditional gum surgery:

  • LANAP is quick and convenient. Your LANAP treatment can often be accomplished in one or two visits. It is often combined with other periodontal therapy appointments, such as deep cleanings.
  • LANAP is less invasive than traditional gum surgeries, which means less discomfort, swelling and a shorter recovery time.
  • Results from LANAP therapy are often better than other methods.

LANAP easily removes diseased, bacteria-ridden areas that line the inside of your gums and slowly destroy your healthy gum attachment. It also encourages the tissue to reattach to the surface of your tooth’s root, creating an environment that bacteria and debris can no longer enter.

If you’re suffering from gum disease, call your dentist for early intervention and ask whether LANAP treatment is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

Dec
28

Is Gum Surgery Necessary to Save My Teeth?

Posted in Gum Disease

Do you have moderate to severe gum disease (periodontal disease)? If you do, you may be worried that gum surgery is the only way for you to save your smile. In some situations, yes. But there are also now many other options that can help you keep your teeth, when steps are taken quickly.

Deep Cleanings

Periodontal scaling and root planing, also known as “deep cleanings,” are the first step in erasing gum disease and saving your smile. These cleanings focus on the deep pockets and root surfaces of periodontally compromised teeth.

Locally Placed Antibiotics

Locally delivered antibiotic capsules can improve area-specific infections, like severely infected gums. The medication is usually placed after a deep cleaning and dramatically improves the response rate in most treatments.

Bone and Tissue Grafting

Adding support around your tooth can help you keep it stable. Some of the best ways to do that are adding bone or gum tissue around your tooth, so that the tooth can be better secured. Grafting can be done using several different methods – some of which require no surgery at all.

Laser Treatments

Non-surgical laser periodontal therapy is quickly becoming one of the most efficient and successful ways for dentists to treat gum disease. Dental lasers remove diseased tissues, eliminate bacteria, and aid your healthy gum tissues in reattaching to the clean tooth surface.

Traditional Surgery

When no other options are available, traditional periodontal surgery may be the final step to preserving your natural teeth. However, this method is used far less frequently than it has in years past. And if you do need it, your dentist will ensure optimal comfort throughout the entire procedure.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Nov
21

How Lasers Can Gently and Effectively Help You Treat Gum Disease

Posted in Laser Dentistry

The methods for treating and managing gum disease are constantly evolving to reflect the latest advances in medical technology. What does this mean for you? Let’s take a minute to discuss how laser technology can improve your gum therapy experience.

Decrease Levels of Bacteria

Gum disease is characterized by the presence of destructive bacteria in the gums around the teeth. The bacteria are what make the condition difficult to manage. Lasers can be used in conjunction with a special rinse after a deep cleaning procedure to reduce the bacterial population in the pocket around a tooth. This may also eliminate your need for an antibiotic. Doing this makes it easier for you to keep your teeth and gums clean.

Improved Healing

Some lasers used in periodontal (gum) therapy can help to reduce bleeding and inflammation. Discomfort after a procedure is significantly reduced when lasers are used. Whether you need a procedure that requires the use of metal instruments or not, lasers can give you a shorter time for healing.

Less Scaling with Metal Instruments

A laser could even be an effective alternative to the use of traditional metal hand instruments in a scaling and root planing procedure. Lasers have proven to be very efficient at removing traces of tartar and bacterial toxins embedded in the roots.

Periodontal treatment may be essential not only to saving your teeth but also to protecting your overall health. If your dentist recommends gum therapy to treat your periodontal condition, you don’t need to worry that it will be an uncomfortable procedure. Ask your dentist about the ultra modern and efficient tools and technologies used to manage periodontal disease.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Apr
8

3 Ways Laser Dentistry Improves Your Oral Health

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Lasers are making dental care more comfortable and convenient in many different aspects of dentistry. They can be used on both hard and soft tissues, allowing dental treatments to be performed more efficiently. Here are just 3 ways you might see lasers used by your dentist:

Smaller Fillings

When your dentist repairs a decayed tooth, the cavity needs to be completely removed along with a small amount of enamel surrounding the area. Because lasers are so precise, they prevent excessive enamel removal during restorative procedures. That means smaller, more conservative restorations that preserve as much healthy enamel possible. 

No-Drill Dentistry

Because hard tissue lasers are effective for enamel preparation, they can allow your dentist to perform standard treatments such as fillings, inlays and onlays without a drill. If the area is small enough, the entire procedure can even be completed without the need for local anesthesia. 

Non-Surgical Gum Therapy

If you’ve battled gum disease, lasers can make it easier for you to eliminate your periodontal infection and aid in the reduction of gum pockets around your teeth. Soft tissue lasers are typically used in conjunction with deep cleanings (periodontal scaling and root planing) to eliminate active bacteria from the gum pockets and remove the thin layer of diseased tissue nearest the root of the tooth. This allows the gums to adhere directly to the tooth, encouraging tissue reattachment. Instead of advanced gum surgeries performed in another facility, laser gum therapy can help reverse the disease process and improve your chances of retaining your teeth for the rest of your life.

The next time you need dental treatment, ask your dentist if lasers are an option for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

 

 

Oct
9

Laser Dentistry

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990. They are used for a wide range of dental procedures and have been proven by dentists to be an effective treatment option. While the American Dental Association (ADA) has not given its full seal of approval for any specific laser dental system, it is optimistic about the future of laser dentistry.

Dentists are using lasers to treat many different oral health symptoms.

Dental cleanings – Lasers are being used to precisely and painlessly remove plaque build up on patients during dental cleanings. Lasers are able to quickly remove plaque from the tooth and gum line that are often very sensitive to patients.

Dental fillings – Because of lasers, many times dentists do not have to drill into the sensitive tooth layers. While most people need numbing shots before cavities are filled, with the use of lasers patients are able to relax and painlessly have a cavity filled.

Biopsy Procedures – Lasers have been used in all medical fields to take biopsies of tissue. For dentists, the use of lasers is effective to biopsy small areas in the mouth that are often hard to get to and have before required sedation.

Lesion Removal – Lasers are used to remove lesions in the mouth. When painful lesions and canker sores are present in the mouth, most people have a difficult time practicing optimal oral hygiene due to the pain flossing and brushing can cause. Lasers are effective for quickly removing and relieving the pain of lesions and canker sores.

Teeth Whitening – While in-office teeth whitening has been around for years, lasers have significantly been able speed up the process. A peroxide bleaching solutions applied to the surface of the teeth is “activated” by laser energy, which promotes a faster whitening process.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 

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Jul
25

Laser Periodontal Therapy

Posted in Gum Disease

Treatment for gum disease is easier than ever, with the use of laser periodontal therapy techniques. Using state-of-the-art laser technology, dental patients can receive even more advanced treatment for gum disease, helping them combat harmful bacteria that would otherwise lead to tooth loss and increase their risks of systemic health conditions.

Lasers are used in addition to traditional periodontal disease treatments. By following up procedures with a dental laser, patients can have an area that is free of pathogens, while also experiencing quicker healing and less discomfort associated with the treatment. Without laser use in periodontal therapy, most patients experience mild gum tenderness for a day or two. The laser speeds up healing by destroying disease-causing bacteria that are broken loose during the cleaning but otherwise may still remain under the gum pockets. As a result, laser use helps increase a patient’s response to the therapy, improving their oral health and helping retain any teeth affected by the disease.

It also helps to remove diseased layers of tissues along the infected area. If necessary, additional laser services can be used for gum recontouring so that destroyed, infected tissue is removed. As a result, the area responds better to home oral hygiene practices and is easier to manage on a long-term scale. This prevents further bone loss and advanced disease that is unreachable during home hygiene routines.

If you’ve been told that you have gum disease, periodontal disease, or have continually battled unhealthy gums, ask your dentist about laser gum therapy. Treating your active disease and maintaining a healthy environment is the only way for you to once again gain control over your oral health.

Posted on behalf of North Point Periodontics

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