Gum or periodontal disease is a serious oral condition that can result in tooth loss. If you see blood when you brush your teeth, you have signs of gum disease.
Gum disease results from plaque build-up caused by a number of factors, including poor oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes, and genetics.
When the condition becomes serious, you will need more intensive treatment than the usual cleaning.
The traditional treatment is called “scaling and root planning,” but at Longwood House Dental Care we also use laser treatment.
This is the most advanced treatment available to help prevent and stop severe gum disease, called periodontitis.
In the traditional Scaling and Root Planing treatment, the surfaces of the affected teeth next to the gum are cleaned as well as the root, which may be exposed through gum recession. The aim is to reduce the bacteria causing gum disease and promote healthy regeneration of gum tissue.
However, no matter how meticulous the hygiene treatment, any bacteria left behind will still remain active and continues to flourish until your next hygiene.
The laser can access underneath the gum where all the bacteria subside, these areas are often referred to as “pockets”.
The laser can be used in two ways; acts to sterilize the bacteria and also remove any infected tissue in the gums. The tartar and plaque buildup is then removed with our ultrasonic cleaner.
The laser ensures that the bacteria causing the gum disease is destroyed. The laser also stimulates stem cells in the tissues to form new connective tissues, bone, and collagen, which improves the body’s healing process.
This means that you will feel much less discomfort after laser hygiene and the gums will settle back down much quicker.
The laser used is safe and effective in a number of dental treatments. One of the main advantages of using a laser is the precision it affords, accurately targeting the diseased area to kill the bacteria. This helps preserve healthy tissue, which can create better outcomes.
Since the laser also kills the bacteria, it means reduced swelling and bleeding of the gums. So our patients benefit from significantly less pain and irritation than traditional methods. And we also have also observed that recovery after use is often quicker.
Other treatments where we can use Laser are:
Contact us for an appointment to discuss your gum disease and whether laser dentistry is right for your condition.
Author: Dr. Tasleem Ahmed
Dr. Tasleem Ahmed is the Practice Owner and Principal Dentist Of the Award Winning Dental Practice, Longwood House Dental Care. She is an expert in Cosmetic Dentistry, Invisalign, and Implant Dentistry. She has been awarded recognition as Leading Physician of The World and holds Platinum Elite Invisalign status.
Dr. Ahmed has undertaken special training in Occlusion and Orthodontics and is highly experienced in treating problems associated with the jaw joint including associated pain and migraines. She has developed surgical skills in the field of Dental Implantology, and advanced training in periodontal treatment at Guy’s Hospital University, where she has been a Clinical Lecturer for 13 years.
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