Utilizing the right technology can ensure safer, more effective and more comfortable dental treatment. This is critical when patients suffer from gum disease, which can result in tooth loss when left untreated. At Richmond Smile Center, highly skilled dentist Dr. Charles Martin and his team provide high-tech dentistry. Among innovative equipment, laser technology is utilized to treat gum disease.
Understanding gum disease
One of the first signs of gum disease is bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. Symptoms of gum disease include prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages, bad breath, tooth discoloration, and tender or swollen gums. If patients have noticed any of these signs, we recommend seeking treatment promptly.
Utilizing laser technology to treat gum disease
Laser periodontal therapy can be a conservative and effective method for treating mild to moderate cases of gum disease. Using the LightWalker laser, Dr. Martin can remove tartar below the gum line and treat inflamed gum tissue. He can safely remove decayed tooth material without affecting adjacent soft tissue.
Laser therapy provides several benefits including:
- No scalpel or sutures, which preserves gum tissue
- Regeneration of bone tissue by stimulating the bone and surrounding teeth
- A higher likelihood of saving teeth
- Minimal to no downtime after the procedure, allowing patients to return to daily activities quickly
Dr. Martin will provide post care instructions to ensure optimal healing and recovery. Patients often rave about this treatment being more comfortable than conventional gum surgery.
Preventing gum disease
Even though Dr. Martin and his team utilize high-tech equipment to provide comfortable treatment for gum disease, the hope is that you are able to prevent the disease. Therefore, it is critical to maintain excellent oral hygiene habits. These include brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing before bedtime, and maintaining dental check-ups.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Martin by calling 804.417.7203.
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