Laser Gum Treatment in Wilmington MA
What Is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Millions of Americans suffer from periodontal disease, an infection caused by bacteria in the gums. In its early stages, periodontal disease treatment typically consists of specialized periodontal dental cleanings designed to remove bacteria and promote healing both above and below the gumline. As periodontal disease progresses, it can damage your gum tissue and create periodontal pockets between your teeth and gums, making healing difficult. In the later stages of periodontal disease, surgery may be necessary to promote healing and re-growth of healthy tissue.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
In its early stages, the symptoms of periodontal disease may be quite mild and include localized bleeding, swollen gums, and sensitivity when brushing and flossing. As periodontal disease progresses, so do the symptoms, and they can become quite severe:
- Bad breath
- Tooth mobility
- Gum recession
- Bone loss
If you experience symptoms of gum disease, seeking treatment as soon as possible is your best option to save your teeth and protect your health.
Health Consequences of Periodontal Disease
When gum disease goes untreated, the consequences are significant. Not only could you face tooth and bone loss, but periodontal disease may also complicate systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory conditions, and diabetes. Periodontal disease is common during pregnancy due to hormonal changes and can lead to low-birth-weight babies. Researchers believe the link between periodontal disease and systemic conditions may be chronic inflammation. To learn more, please visit our Periodontal Health page.
Laser Periodontal Treatment
Traditional gum surgery requires cutting away diseased tissue and often requires stitches. At Smile Life Dental, we use the latest in dental technology to treat periodontal disease comfortably and efficiently. The Waterlase iPlus Laser is a minimally invasive way to treat moderate to advanced gum disease without the need for more uncomfortable traditional procedures.
By using laser light energy and a patented spray of water and air, diseased gum tissue and calculus (tartar) deposits are gently removed from the root surfaces of your teeth, allowing for healing and new gum attachment.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Research has shown the Waterlase iPlus Laser leads to significant improvements in gum health. Unlike traditional gum surgery, the Waterlase iPlus Laser results in little to no swelling, post-surgical pain, or sensitivity. In addition, the laser seals off blood vessels as it removes diseased tissue, resulting in little or no bleeding and stimulating the healing process.
Patients do not have to worry about follow-up appointments to remove stitches, which makes treatment more convenient as well as more comfortable. Since there is minimal discomfort, patients can resume their regular schedules immediately following treatment.
Laser Dental Implant Treatment
When restoring a dental implant, it is sometimes necessary to remove a small amount of tissue that grew during the healing process after implant placement. With the Waterlase iPlus Laser, we can prepare you for your dental crown comfortably and efficiently with little bleeding, making the restorative process easier.
Call Today to Schedule an Exam
If you face periodontal surgery and want to see if laser dentistry can benefit you, contact our Wilmington, MA dental office today to schedule an exam with Dr. Paul Caselle. He will provide you with answers to all of your questions regarding your periodontal health and treatment options. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, comfortable smile.