Laser Gum Disease Treatment
Effective, minimally treatment for mild to severe gum disease
What is a dental laser?
A laser uses light energy of a specific wavelength to target either soft or hard tissues of the mouth and teeth. Its pinpoint targeting means that no effect is produced beyond the target site. It’s also very quiet.
Using thorough, high-tech gum disease treatment, we are able to stabilize most patients’ periodontal health and avoid the need for more advanced treatment.
In our office, we use two soft-tissue lasers for treatment of mild to severe gum disease. Lasers represent state-of-the-art dental technology, and result in less discomfort and swelling post-operatively while providing more effective treatment.
Our hygienist is very knowledgeable in treating gum disease. Patients also find him friendly and caring. He not only will effectively treat your gum disease, he will also teach you how to best keep it away.
What are the signs of gum disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is inflammation of the gums caused by plaque, a film of bacteria, and hardened plaque, calculus. Plaque and calculus that are not removed can cause the gums to pull away from your teeth from forming pockets, which then allow more bacteria to collect.
When you go to the dentist he detects if you have gum disease and the degree of it by measuring the pocket depth next to each tooth and looks out for other symptoms such as red, swollen gums that bleed easily, constant bad breath, change in the way your teeth fit together and teeth that are loose or moving apart.
When you visit us for the first time, the doctor will examine your gums for any signs of periodontal (gum) disease. Healthy gums are important for the healthy state of your mouth, and Dr. Woods will examine your gums thoroughly.
If you’re not already a patient of Dr. Woods, ask about our New Patient Special, where you’ll receive:
- Periodontal exam
- A smile evaluation and oral cancer screening
- Low-dosage digital bitewing X-rays if needed
- A personal consultation with Dr. Woods
Your cost is just $1!To make an appointment, call 410-647-1800 or click here to request an appointment online.
When tooth film builds up without being tended to, it’s called “plaque,” a combination of sugars and bacteria. Brushing regularly gets rid of most of it, but often plaque deposits harden into calculus, which can form beneath your gum line causing irritation.
Calculus can’t be removed by regular brushing or flossing and has to have a deep cleaning, (scaling and root planing), to remove the build-up. Our hygienist uses an ultrasonic scaler to gently remove calculus with ultrasonic sound waves. When finished, the root surface is planed (smoothed) to prevent future calculus buildup.
With planing, the new gum tissue shrinks and tightens around your teeth, reducing areas where gum pockets could form and bacteria could multiply.
Lasers for maximum effectiveness and comfort
We use lasers for comfortable removal of diseased gum tissue and to eliminate bacteria in the gum pockets. The laser significantly reduces healing time. Because of the laser’s precise targeting, there is also little to no post-operative discomfort.
Arestin® Antibiotic Therapy
Once an infection has been removed from your gums, we might place microspheres of local antibiotic below the gum line directly into the pockets to inhibit further bacteria growth. The antibiotic we use, Arestin®, kills bacteria on a time-released basis for about 10 days.To make an appointment, call 410-647-1800 or click here to request an appointment online.