Did you know that approximately 85% of the adults in the country suffer from some form of gum disease? Unfortunately, the odds are good that you might be one of them. But fortunately, there are numerous treatments that can be used to treat the disease, including laser dental treatment in San Diego.
The first thing we would recommend is a deep cleaning, during which we will effectively divide your mouth in four different quadrants in order to clean each one of them individually. After numbing your gums, we will clean the root surface below the gum in order to remove the tartar and reduce the germs in the root.
This treatment is known as root planing and scaling and it’s used to stop the infection from further progression. But it can’t regrow your lost collagen or bone or close the pocket that’s formed.
This means that while the solution is effective to prevent further infection, it can do nothing for any potential reappearing of the disease. Any gum disease is potentially a hazard for tooth decay and loss. That is why it is important to be proactive and take immediate measures to stop further spread of the infection.
If the condition has been advanced further than this, you generally have two options in front of you.
Option #1: Laser Dental Treatment in San Diego
All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. When used for “curing” a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth. When used in teeth-whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth-bleaching agents.
Some dentists are using lasers to treat:
Tooth decay: Lasers are used to remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for acceptance of the filling;
Gum disease: Lasers are used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures;
Biopsy or lesion removal: Lasers can be used to perform a biopsy so that it can be examined for cancer and to remove lesions in the mouth and relieve the pain of canker sores;
Teeth whitening: Lasers are used to speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide bleaching solution, applied to the tooth’s surface, is ‘activated by laser energy, which speeds up of the whitening process.
Option #2: Traditional Dental Surgery in San Diego
When it comes to regular periodontal surgery, the surgeon is going to use a basic scalpel to cut and consecutively push back the gums in order to get access to the roots of the tooth in order to clean them and shape the bone. Upon completion, he’s going to stitch the gums back at their lower levels.
The Best Choice!
Laser dental treatments in San Diego reveal significantly faster recovery periods and greater efficiency. They are more complex and innovative and they are also clearly the better option. If you would like to know if you are a candidate for this procedure, just call our office today to schedule a consultation and we can discuss how we’re going to save your teeth!