Treating periodontal disease does not have to be an unpleasant experience. Dr. John Krueger offers advanced laser gum treatment at his Clearwater, FL, practice to provide patients with effective and comfortable periodontal care. Laser technology supplements traditional deep cleaning techniques to present patients with successful, precise, often painless results. Reach out to our dental practice today to learn how laser gum treatment can improve your oral health.
Traditional Periodontal Treatments
Periodontal disease is the result of plaque build-up on the teeth, which attracts bacteria that inflame surrounding gum tissue. Over time, the disease breaks down this tissue and creates deep periodontal pockets where bacteria can accumulate. Left untreated, the condition can lead to bleeding, tooth loss, and, eventually, bone loss.
When a patient is suffering from this disease, the traditional treatment is deep cleaning, a procedure that consists of two separate parts: scaling and root planing.
Any patient suffering from periodontal disease is eligible for laser gum treatment. Scaling is a thorough cleaning between the gums and teeth, extending down to include the roots. Like pulling a splinter from the skin, scaling removes the irritants that damage the gums, from the plaque and tartar to the bacteria and the inflammatory toxins they release. If the damage is minor, then scaling alone may be enough to help the gums recover. If not, dentists perform root planing, as well. Root planing smooths roughened roots so that gum tissue can reattach securely. This also deters bacteria from attaching to the roots in the future.
The entire deep cleaning procedure aims to decrease the size of or completely eliminate periodontal pockets. By removing diseased tissue, your dentist can significantly reduce bleeding, slow further deterioration, and control plaque. This process allows your gums to start healing.
Downsides of Traditional Techniques
While highly effective in treating periodontal disease, deep cleaning has a reputation for being painful. In reality, scaling and root planing is relatively painless procedures, but the inflamed tissue is much more sensitive. Dentists often recommend a local anesthetic to ease the patient’s discomfort. Furthermore, scalpels traditionally used during treatment for gum disease. These tools not only cause bleeding, but are often imprecise and can damage healthy gums alongside the diseased tissue.
How Lasers Can Enhance Deep Cleaning
With laser technology, deep cleaning becomes a much simpler procedure. By replacing traditional tools with lasers, Dr. Krueger boosts the treatment’s effectiveness enormously.
Soft tissue lasers are used to clear out plaque and tartar, remove diseased tissue in periodontal pockets without harming healthy gums, and eliminate bacteria. Because of the laser’s high precision and instant cauterization, blood loss and risk of infection are significantly reduced. As a result, patients typically heal much faster than with traditional methods. Patients report considerably less discomfort and anxiety from laser gum treatment, as well. The procedure is oftentimes virtually painless, requiring little or no prescription pain medication afterward. Furthermore, traditional tools can squeak or vibrate against the teeth, a sensation and noise which many patients find nerve-wracking. Because lasers are virtually silent and do not vibrate during treatment, patients are better able to relax during the procedure.
Nearly any patient suffering from periodontal disease is eligible for laser gum treatment. Dr. Krueger can determine the best periodontal treatment for you during a consultation.
Contact Our Restorative Dentistry Practice Today
Here at the practice of Dr. John P. Krueger, we strive to provide the best level of dental care with the highest level of comfort. If you would like to learn more about how laser gum treatment can improve the quality of your care, contact our restorative dentistry practice today.