Protecting your smile means more than simply brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Although this routine is vital, your daily hygiene is only effective when paired with professional dental care and maintenance. As part of our dedication to your continued good oral health, Dr. Lynn utilizes innovative technological advances to make your dental visits more comfortable, more effective, and less time consuming. For instance, gum disease is one of the most destructive oral health issues that can afflict your smile, but by utilizing laser technology to treat your oral condition, you can now resolve gum disease and protect your gums with little to no hassle and discomfort.
What Exactly is Gum Disease?
If you’ve ever witnessed your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, then chances are that you’ve been affected by gum disease at least once in your life. In fact, there is a possibility you may have it now and not realize it. The disease begins rather gradually with the accumulation of bacterial dental plaque along your gum line. Some of the germs that comprise this sticky, colorless substance release toxins to irritate your gum tissues, and others can incite excessive inflammation in your gums. Your gums can separate from your teeth, creating pockets for more germs to hide, and if left unchecked, the inflammation and irritation will continue to destroy your teeth’s supporting structures, including the surrounding jawbone.
Using a Laser for Treatment
Treating gum disease early increases the chances of successfully preserving your gum tissue. Traditional periodontal maintenance focuses on removing the masses of plaque, tartar, bacteria, and toxins from underneath your gum line, then allowing your gums to heal and reattach. For severe cases, this may involve surgery to thoroughly remove all traces of infection. Laser periodontal maintenance, however, can remove plaque and diseased tissue without the need for cutting by using a small amount of light energy directed through a tiny fiber. The fiber is placed between your teeth and gums to remove the diseased tissue and bacteria. Afterwards, a scaling and root planning procedure will allow Dr. Lynn to manually remove tartar from your tooth roots, and then smooth the roots to prevent bacteria from gathering on their surfaces again. Since there is no surgery required, your gums can heal naturally and more quickly, allowing you to return to your daily life sooner.
Keep Your Smile Free of Gum Disease