Laser Dentistry Therapy in Garden City, NY

September 15, 2015

 

Are you or your loved one diagnosed with Periodontal Disease, also known as Gum Disease? You’re not alone. Many adults in the United States currently have some form of gum disease. Periodontal disease ranges from simple gum inflammation to severe causes that may lead to teeth lost.

What causes Periodontal Disease?

Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. If plaque is not removed, it can hardened forming “tartar” that brushing doesn’t clean. Only a professional cleaning can remove tartar.

Common risk factors are ineffective home care, poor nutrition, and smoking. Periodontitis has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other serious medical conditions.

 

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease begins when a film called plaque accumulates on the teeth. Strains of bacteria that live in the plaque can cause damage to your gum tissue and the bone surrounding your teeth. Your body will naturally try to fight this infection with an inflammatory assault, sending white blood cells to the area to destroy the bacteria. This inflammation causes the tissue to bleed easily when you brush or floss. This stage of the condition is called gingivitis. Gingivitis can be reversed with regular professional cleaning and excellent home care. It is important to eat healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables.

If the infection and inflammation persist, the result is a chronic inflammatory condition in which the gums and bone around the teeth are slowly destroyed, often with no awareness or symptoms. This stage of the condition is called periodontitis.

What are Options & Alternatives for Periodontal Disease?

If the dental condition has progressed to periodontitis, surgical intervention is often necessary to eliminate the deep pockets which develop between the teeth and gums. If these pockets persist, they allow bacteria to organize even more colonies and this often leads to tooth loss.

Traditionally, periodontal treatment involves cutting away some of the gum tissue with a scalpel and reshaping the bone underneath.

At Advanced DDS we provide Laser Dentistry, which is a less invasive technique that uses a specialized laser to destroy the bacteria that causes gum disease. Laser dentistry also alters the tissue, allowing it the opportunity to heal. The use of the laser preserves more tissue than traditional scalpel surgery, resulting in a faster and less painful recovery. There is little to no gum recession following Laser Dentistry.

How Does Laser Dentistry Work?

 

 

The diagram above shows a step by step on how Laser Dentistry is done. First the depth of the pocket is measured under anesthesia. Then the laser selectively removes the infected pocket linings. The ultrasonic instrument then cleans the root surfaces. The dental professional will then laser your pocket to disinfect and create a blood clot. Your tissue will then compress against your tooth. Your bite will adjust through selective grinding and heal in its new attachment after 12 months.

What to Expect from Your Laser Treatment Visits?

Usually, we treat one quarter of your mouth at a time. The surgical visits are ideally made two weeks apart and take about one hour each on average. Local anesthetics are used to numb the targeted areas. You are able to drive home by yourself at the end of your visit. However, if you chose to be sedated during your laser treatment you must have a driver available to drive you home.

Most people experience some mild soreness of the treated areas for the first few days. The tissue will appear discolored around the teeth. It is important not to brush or pick this fibrin barrier, which allows for optimal healing and a new attachment. Initially, your bite may feel different. After all areas have been treated, and as further refinements are made, your bite should feel stronger and more stable.

Make Sure to Continue your Active Periodontics Therapy.

Professional cleaning is recommended every three months for the first year, and re-evaluation of your condition will be done after the 12 month visit. Most people with gum disease remain at risk for the rest of their lives and benefit from having their teeth cleaned every three months.

Call Advanced DDS about Laser Dentistry today at 516-825-1100.

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