Do you notice your gums bleeding whenever you brush your teeth? If you do, you may even think it’s normal. However, bleeding or swollen gums are early signs of periodontal disease and can lead to more serious symptoms. Alpen Dental offers non-invasive laser gum treatment to help treat periodontal disease. Keep reading to learn more about how gum disease laser treatment works and the benefits you could experience.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection that impacts the areas around your teeth, including your gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. Many people first experience periodontal disease as gingivitis, which affects the gums. However, the disease can progress to involve all tissues around the mouth.
Typically, adults in their 30s or 40s experience periodontal disease. Bacterial plaque buildup is the number one cause of the condition, but anything from poor oral habits to a genetic disposition can cause periodontal disease. Factors such as other diseases, medications, poor diet and more can also increase your risk for gum disease or make it worse once you have an infection.
How Periodontal Laser Therapy Works
Periodontal laser therapy is one form of treatment for periodontal disease. Lasers are extremely focused light beams with various wavelengths and strengths that can alter or remove your tissues in small amounts. During laser gum treatment, a dentist will use a laser to access your infected periodontal pockets and kill all infected tissue and bacteria. After removing the infected tissue and gaining access to your exposed root, the dentist will use an ultrasonic root cleaner to remove calculus. Then, they will use laser energy to warm your stem cells in the pocket and seal your tissues against your tooth root.
Dentists use lasers for more than just periodontal laser therapy as well. Laser tools allow your dentist to correct tongue ties, treat canker and cold sores, treat root canal infections, regenerate damaged nerves and remove benign oral tumours. If you’re not a candidate for periodontal surgery, or you simply don’t want an invasive procedure, lasers can be a good alternative.
Benefits of Laser Gum Treatment
There are many benefits of laser gum treatment over periodontal surgery or scaling and root planing, including:
- Removes bacteria with minimal bleeding and swelling
- Adjustable wavelengths and power levels for each patient
- Faster healing time than traditional surgery
- Less invasive and no need for drills
- And more
Despite these benefits, it’s important to also look at some of the cons. If you’re considering gum disease laser treatment, you should keep in mind your dentist cannot use lasers on teeth that have fillings. This form of treatment can also have a higher price than scaling and root planing. Make sure you talk to your dentist about every important factor so you can find the right treatment plan.
Contact Alpen Dental in Blackfalds or Rimbey for an Appointment
Alpen Dental is here to help you decide if laser gum treatment is right for you. Call us in Blackfalds at 403-885-8422 or Rimbey at 403-843-2173. You can also contact us online to schedule an appointment.