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16Jul2014

Lasers Help Comfortably Treat Gum Disease

THE CDC RECENTLY RELEASED a report stating that nearly half of American adults have some form of gum disease. And 70% of Americans over the age of 65 have gum disease. Here at Dublin Metro Dental, we’re dedicated to controlling and eradicating gum disease in our patients.

Gum disease is an inflammatory disease that affects gum tissue and the bones that support our teeth. Gum disease has also been found, in some studies, to increase the likelihood of several serious diseases including heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disease.

Modern Laser Therapy Is Amazing For Treating Gum Disease, Among Other Things

We use dental laser for following procedures:

Tooth decay

Lasers are used to remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for receipt of the filling. Lasers are also used to “cure” or harden a filling.

Gum disease

Lasers are used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures.

Biopsy or lesion removal

Lasers can be used to remove a small piece of tissue (called a biopsy) so that it can be examined for cancer. Lasers are also used to remove lesions in the mouth and relieve the pain of canker sores.

Teeth whitening

Lasers are used to speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide bleaching solution, applied to the tooth surface, is “activated” by laser energy, which speeds up the whitening process.

How Laser Therapy Works For Gum Disease

Laser therapy can be used in several different ways:

  • It can be used to remove the diseased tissue from around and between teeth.
  • When someone has gum disease, there is a buildup of tartar and minerals around the roots of the teeth. Lasers may be used to remove this buildup and help clean out the gum pockets.
  • Lasers can be used in conjunction with traditional methods such as scaling to remove the diseased gum and bacteria from around teeth.

What Are The Advantages Of Laser Therapy?

  • Less bleeding, swelling and discomfort
  • Only local anesthesia is used, which means you can drive yourself home from treatment.
  • Reduced anxiety in patients uncomfortable with the use of the dental drill.
  • More of the healthy tooth preserved during cavity removal
  • Your mouth will heal more quickly. There is no cutting or stitches involved.
  • Some lasers have been found to quicken/promote the regeneration process of the gums and affected bones.

Let’s Visit

Call us for a consultation. Let’s visit about how we can help you take care of gum disease. Even if your gums are healthy, do you know or care for someone who could benefit from this information? Pass it along!

Thanks for your trust in our team’s care!

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