Gum disease is a common infection which adults are particularly prone to developing. The condition typically occurs mildly at first. We know this as gingivitis. At this stage, it can be reversed; however, without treatment, the superficial inflammation in the soft tissue around teeth expands beneath the surface. Periodontitis is a more substantial level of inflammation that can affect the ligaments that stabilize teeth. Advanced periodontitis can cause oral damage including tooth loss. Knowing that we have the opportunity to stop inflammation and infection, we have equipped our office with the latest techniques and technologies, including a laser periodontal protocol. Our team can develop a strategy to prevent damage and promote healing.
Why Gum Disease Happens
There are several factors that contribute to a person’s risk of developing gum disease. These include genetics and general health, oral hygiene habits, and lifestyle habits such as smoking. Studies have suggested that pregnant women are susceptible to gum disease, as are people with chronic dry mouth. One of the primary aspects of preventative dentistry is mitigating the risks of gum inflammation by first understanding a patient’s personal susceptibility. The primary objective of periodontal treatment is to conduct care in the most efficient manner so infection can be eliminated and tissue regeneration can be stimulated. Lasers help us do both simultaneously.
Historically, periodontal treatment has involved a technique called scaling and root planing. Scaling is the removal of plaque and tartar from tooth and root surfaces. Root planing is the process of smoothing the tooth that has become ridged from gum disease. Smoothing the root is necessary to encourage tissue reattachment.
Lasers have taken a fairly involved process and made it more streamlined. In our NYC office, the laser is used to vaporize infected tissue on contact, to clean and disinfect periodontal pockets, and to stimulate tissue re-growth. Every one of these objectives occurs in a singular step. Additionally, laser gum treatment eliminates the need for incisions and sutures. The laser technique significantly improves post-treatment comfort and the speed of recovery.
We are proud to perform the REPAIR periodontal therapy protocol using our Waterlase laser. To learn how laser gum therapy can help you, call (212) 974-8737 and schedule a consultation and comprehensive dental exam.