Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX
Have you noticed bad breath, bleeding gums, or even loose teeth? These are common signs of gum disease, which can eventually lead to tooth loss and other complications if untreated. Depending on the progress of your gum disease, laser dentistry from Bent Tree Dental could be the safe and effective treatment you need.
Laser Dentistry Is Safe and Comfortable
That’s why we offer laser dentistry for gum disease, a state-of-the-art method that delivers exceptional results and a comfortable experience.
Rick Miller, DDS, uses a soft-tissue dental laser to remove infected and diseased tissue around the gumline. This process is similar in many ways to traditional gum surgery, where tissue is cut away using a scalpel. However, the precision of the dental laser provides for a more comfortable procedure with a shorter recovery period.
Gum disease affects 47.2% of US adults, making it one of the most prevalent health conditions. While some of these cases can be resolved without laser dentistry, this new treatment technology has helped countless people stop the progression of gum disease to safeguard their long-term oral health.
Could You Be Suffering from Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a serious condition, but many people don’t realize they have it. In the early stages, gum disease symptoms can be very minor. You might not notice anything more serious than bad breath. However, the condition can quickly worsen.
As your gum disease progresses, you might start to notice additional symptoms:
- Swollen gums
- Red gums
- Bleeding gums
- Pain when chewing
- Loose teeth
- Visible gum recession
Gum disease will continue to affect your gums and the surrounding tissue if you don’t seek treatment. Eventually, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. The infection can also spread to other tissues throughout your body, causing inflammation and other symptoms.
Laser dentistry at Bent Tree Dental can help eliminate infected tissue and allow your gums to heal. Combined with other treatments and changes to your oral hygiene habits, laser dentistry is an effective option to stop gum disease for good.
Early Gum Disease Interventions
When you visit Bent Tree Dental, whether for a routine exam or for the treatment of specific symptoms, we’ll evaluate the condition of your gums and teeth to determine whether you have gum disease. We’ll also carefully assess the impact that gum disease has had so far to determine which treatment options are suitable.
If you keep up with routine appointments, there is a good chance that we can identify gum disease early enough for minimal intervention. We may recommend changing your oral hygiene routine or using specific products like mouthwash. In other cases, a scaling and root planing procedure may be in order.
This procedure is similar to routine teeth cleaning. However, instead of focusing on the upper surfaces of your teeth, Dr. Miller removes the plaque within the pockets around your gumline. He will also smooth the surface of teeth below the gumline, making it more difficult for plaque to adhere in the future.
Oral hygiene and deep cleaning can be highly effective, but if your gum disease has progressed, you may need more advanced options, such as laser dentistry.
Tackling Gum Disease with Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry is a modern solution for gum disease. Dr. Miller will use a soft tissue dental laser to remove the affected tissue along your gumline. This process provides an effective alternative to traditional gum surgery in many cases.
Removing the inflamed and infected tissue can stop the spread of gum disease. Afterward, you will also need a deep cleaning to remove plaque from around your gumline to prevent a resurgence of gum disease. We’ll also provide guidance on oral hygiene moving forward.
A dental laser is an incredibly precise instrument that allows for the removal of affected tissue without any impact on the surrounding gums. This makes laser dentistry for gum disease treatment a fast, comfortable, and effective option for advanced cases of gum disease.
The precision of laser gum treatment can also leave your smile in better shape than traditional surgery. Your teeth can look more proportional afterward, as the laser targets and removes only the affected gum tissue. Your gums should quickly heal and reattach to your teeth, providing a noticeably improved smile shortly after your procedure.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry Over Traditional Gum Surgery
Before the advent of laser dentistry, patients with advanced gum disease would require gum surgery, in which inflamed and infected tissue is cut away with a scalpel. While effective, this process was uncomfortable and resulted in longer recovery times.
With laser dentistry, you can expect to feel comfortable throughout the procedure. A simple local anesthetic (the same as you receive when you have a cavity filled) is all that’s needed. In contrast, traditional gum surgery often requires sedation due to the invasiveness and length of the procedure.
Traditional gum surgery can cause a week or more of pain and swelling. But with laser gum treatment, you can expect most symptoms to fade after just a few days. The dental laser doesn’t affect surrounding tissue, so there is only a short recovery period after your procedure. The minimal impact on your gums also decreases the risk of infection.
Find Out if Laser Dentistry Is Right for You
Are you concerned about your oral health? Bad breath, bleeding gums, and loose teeth are all signs that you could need gum disease treatment. Dr. Miller will evaluate your teeth and gums to develop a custom treatment plan for you. This could include safe and effective laser dentistry to stop the progression of gum disease.
At Bent Tree Dental, we stay up to date with the latest developments in dental technology to provide the best care for our patients. Rick Miller, DDS, has over 30 years of dental experience and carries out laser dentistry with the skill and care needed to provide comfortable treatment and excellent results. Schedule your consultation today.