Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults.
Reports indicate that millions of people are unaware that they have gum disease, and about 30% of the population are genetically susceptible to contracting the condition. Other risk factors include smoking, pregnancy, puberty, stress, grinding teeth, poor nutrition, diabetes, and poor oral hygiene. When gum disease sets in, it destroys soft tissue, breaks the strong bond between teeth and supporting gums, and can cause jawbone deterioration, and tooth loss.
If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, or if they appear, red, swollen, or are tender to the touch, you may have gum disease. Depending upon the severity of your case, our hygienists may recommend deep cleaning to reverse the condition. Our office uses a gentle soft tissue laser to treat the pockets infected by bacteria and periodontal disease.
The procedure is called sulcular debridement, and it involves removing diseased epithelial lining and coagulation utilizing a pulsed, free-running Nd:YAG laser. We perform this therapy in conjunction with subgingival scaling to improve the gingival index, gingival bleeding index, probe depth, attachment loss, and tooth mobility. This all sounds very technical, so here's what you need to know in layman's terms: during your appointment, mild anesthesia will ensure that you stay comfortable. We will use an ultrasonic scaler to remove hardened plaque, called tartar or calculus, from your teeth. Next, we will smooth rough tooth roots where plaque and bacteria tend to accumulate. We'll also irrigate the pockets between the teeth and gums to wash away debris and sterilize the area. The soft tissue laser will disinfect the pocket and seal blood vessels, nerve endings, and lymphatics so that there is no infection, bleeding, or swelling following laser treatment (sulcular debridement). Soft tissue laser therapy for deep cleanings presents many advantages. The laser beam seals as it cuts away damaged tissue, so bleeding is minimal. Because of the reduced trauma, most patients feel better than they would after traditional deep cleanings. If you're interested in laser treatment at your hygiene visit, call our office today. Dr. Windle and our hygiene team will examine your situation and determine the best, most effective, and conservative therapy for your condition.
How Does it Work?
The laser beam can be precisely directed to only the tissues needing treatment, and the way it works virtually eliminates bleeding and sterilizes the area at the same time. All of this translates to higher quality treatments, better outcomes, and greater comfort for the patient. Currently, dental applications include gum disease treatments, cosmetic gum re-contouring, root canal therapy, decay detection and elimination, incision cauterizing, removal of growths, and biopsies. We are a provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Delta Dental & Workman's Comp. and accept most major insurances. Call today for more information.