Laser Dentistry Eliminates the Need for Sharp Tools
We make a personal commitment to bring the most exceptional dental experiences to our patients. This leads us to remain up-to-date in the latest techniques and incorporate advanced dental technology into our Worcester gum disease treatment. Patients in need of a gingivectomy, frenectomy, “gummy” smile treatment, or other procedures now have the option to receive non-invasive care with laser dentistry. We are certified to use dental lasers for a variety of soft tissue procedures, eliminating the need for scalpels or to make incisions in your gums. With our laser dentistry services, you can experience more comfortable treatments and a faster recovery time when compared with traditional methods!
How Is Laser Dentistry Beneficial?
In technical terms, lasers destroy harmful bacteria, can gently remove excessive gum tissue, and stimulate regeneration of new tissue to accelerate healing. For patients, this means that gum disease can be treated more effectively and comfortably than with the scalpel-and-incision treatment process. Reshaping tissue to improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile is fast and virtually painless. Children (and adults) who need a frenectomy will benefit from the simplicity of the procedure when we use a laser. For any treatment we provide, laser dentistry is so gentle and non-invasive that sedation is rarely required. You may only feel a warm sensation during the procedure, without dental drills, needles, or excessive noises. Many times, we can complete necessary treatment in a single appointment, and you can go back to normal activities immediately after your procedure!
Bacteria build up that has infected the gum tissue must be removed to stop its spread and restore gum health. We use a laser to gently eradicate this bacteria, without causing unnecessary harm to surrounding healthy gums. Laser gingivectomies help promote better and faster healing of the gum tissue.
Tongue-tie and lip-tie hinder necessary movement of the tongue and upper lip. With our dental laser, we can loosen this piece of tissue within a matter of minutes. Commonly, the treatment site will not require any numbing beforehand and because the laser is so gentle, young children are able to undergo this procedure.
Ulcers, lesions, cold or canker sores can take weeks to heal and are painful and unsightly if outside the mouth. We use dental lasers to kill the virus that causes the infection, simultaneously removing pain and healing the sore. Commonly, treated sores heal within a matter of days and are much less likely to return to the area in the future.
Sensitive teeth make it difficult to enjoy hot and cold foods and beverages, and can make dental visits uncomfortable. We use dental lasers to treat worn tooth enamel, helping to seal the enamel and increase resistance to hot and cold sensations. This procedure is virtually painless and many patients experience results quickly.
Gum tissue that covers too much of the tooth surface is unattractive and can make it difficult to access an area that needs treatment. With our dental lasers, we can remove excess gum tissue to reshape the gum line and provide room for a dental crown or filling. Crown lengthening with a laser also painlessly reverses a “gummy” smile.
The Proof is in Our Patients
Is there a cure for gum disease?
The only type of periodontal or gum disease that can be cured is gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be cured by professional cleanings at our office, followed by daily brushing and flossing. Periodontally disease cannot be cured. It can however be controlled for the rest of your life.
Is gum disease reversible?
Early stages of gum disease such as gingivitis are reversible with a thorough dental cleaning and good daily home care. However, if you prolong the time between dental visits or fail to brush well or clean between your teeth, gingivitis will return. More severe periodontal or gum disease is generally not reversible, but it is treatable. If the bone and tissue holding the teeth in place aren’t impacted, this damage is usually reversible. If the bone and tissue holding the teeth in place are impacted, the damage it causes is permanent. We can stop the disease from progressing and the potential systemic problems such as cardiovascular disease, it is associated with. We are able in many situations able to restore and rebuild the bone.
What is the best treatment for gum disease?
With gum or periodontal disease, there are varying treatments depending upon the severity of the condition. In the early stages of gum disease, the first step usually involves a special cleaning called scaling and root planing, which removes plaque and tartar deposits on the tooth and root surfaces. The scaling and root planing help gum tissues heal and reattach to the tooth. A general cleaning or prophy is not appropriate at this stage and will not remedy the situation. A more severe case of periodontal or gum disease may need treatment by a specialist called a periodontist.