Using Lasers in Dentistry – Part Three
Our mouths are full of bacteria, which regularly form a colorless plaque on our teeth. Although a consistent regimen of brushing and flossing may help to get rid of plaque, the leftover “tartar” that is not removed can harden and form a bacteria rich layer that brushing can’t remove. At that point, only a professional cleaning by a dental hygienist can get rid of it.
In order to address these issues, plaque can be removed using laser-assisted technology. The dental lasers will eliminate the bacteria and tartar from around the gum line and remove rough spots on the tooth root where germs gather. This technique has myriad advantages, but perhaps most importantly, it minimizes the pain and oral trauma that can occur with traditional procedures. This is in addition to the benefits that a patient will experience regarding their oral health.
Periodontal diseases can range from regular gum inflammation to more serious conditions that result in severe damage to the soft tissue and bone that sustain the teeth. In the most extreme cases this can even result in tooth loss. Deep-cleaning soft tissue lasers can provide cutting edge solutions for periodontal treatment.
Here are some facts about LAPT:
- This treatment is for use on patients with local or generalized periodontitis.
- Periodontitis is the loss of supportive gum and bone structure around the teeth.
- LAPT stimulates collagen, circulation, and gum and bone formation.
- LAPT usually requires more than one appointment and consultations with a dentist and a hygienist.
Gingivitis and Gum Disease
The longer plaque and tartar remain on teeth, the more damage that they can do. The bacteria will eventually cause gum disease such as gingivitis. The signs of gingivitis include red, swollen, or bleeding gums. This can be combated with regular flossing and brushing, and consistent dental care.
Signs and Symptoms
- Swollen gums
- Bright red or purple gums
- Tender or painful gum
- Bleeding gums
- Bleeding after brushing and/or flossing
- Bad breath or halitosis
- Shiny gums
If treatment is not sought after in a timely fashion, there is a very good chance that the gingivitis will progress to periodontitis, where the inflammation will result in bone loss, and ultimately tooth loss as well.
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