When to Consider Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

Did you know that routine dental cleanings do more than just prevent cavities? Preventive dental care can also help you steer clear of other diseases, including gum disease.

If Dr. Mimi Theerathada and the team here at Westlake Smile Studio in Westlake Village, California, spot the signs of gum disease during your routine exam, rest assured that we have plenty of options to help restore the health of your gums.

In this article, we explore the benefits of laser treatment and when to consider this as a solution for gum disease.

Why gum disease treatment is so critical

Gum disease is a serious yet common condition. The American Dental Association estimates that nearly half (47.2%) of adults are impacted by chronic periodontitis. Left untreated, severe gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.

Traditionally, gum disease is treated with a procedure called scaling and root planing (SRP). During an SRP, tartar, bacteria, and biofilm are scraped off of your root surfaces. While effective, this treatment can lead to bleeding, discomfort, and swelling.

Treating gum disease with lasers

In dentistry, lasers can be used for many situations. Lasers can help brighten your smile, remove decayed enamel, or even treat gum disease. 

Lasers harness the power of light energy to complete specific tasks. In the case of gum treatment, the light energy is used to eliminate bacteria, remove tartar, support gum tissue reattachment, and stimulate your tissue for better healing.

When to consider laser treatment

The earliest form of gum disease is called gingivitis. During this stage, you may notice bleeding and tender gums. As gum disease progresses, you might also see pockets forming as your gum pulls away from your tooth.

As soon as you detect any form of gum disease, it’s important to take action. If gingivitis is left untreated and progresses into advanced periodontitis, you may need to explore laser treatment.

Benefits of laser treatment for gum disease 

Both laser treatment and SRP treat gum disease and help you reduce the risk of unwanted complications like adult tooth loss. However, there are specific advantages in choosing lasers over SRP. These include:

Even after your laser treatment, it’s important to take care of your gums to prevent future signs of gum disease.

Because gum disease is caused by bacteria, a healthy oral care routine focuses on eliminating bacteria. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss (to remove bacteria and debris that brushing alone can’t), use mouthwash, and maintain your regular dental exams and cleanings. 

To check on the health of your gums or to find out if laser treatment is right for you, call our office at 805-225-4239. You can also use our online tool to schedule an appointment.

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