Periodontal Laser Treatment

Knoxville and Maryville, TN

Crestview Dental Care, serving Maryville and Knoxville, Tennessee is proud to have laser certified dental hygienist. In the United States there is less than 1,000 laser certified dental hygienist. How does this help patients of Crestview Dental Care? Periodontal Laser therapy is one of the most effective therapies for treating periodontal disease. After having the hard buildup removed underneath the gum tissue and the root surfaces smoothed a laser sterilizes the bad bacteria in the gums.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, begins as gingivitis. Swollen, red gums that tend to bleed easily are signs that you have gingivitis. As you know bleeding is not a sign of health. Could you image walking around town with any body part bleeding? What would that look like? Would people recognize that as a sign of health? Absolutely not! Bleeding is a way our body is telling us there is a problem. Periodontal disease if left untreated and an active  maintenance program both at home and the dental office created the disease progresses, it causes gum infections, tooth sensitivity, additional bleeding of the gums, loss of jawbone,loss of gum tissue which exposes more tooth (making teeth look very long) and loose teeth. Not treating gum disease will lead to tooth loss and your facial features will begin to sink in. (did you know that the teeth support the face) 

The Most Common Causes of Periodontal Disease:

  • Poor dental hygiene (not brushing and flossing 2-3 times per day)
  • Tobacco use (smoking or chewing)
  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Chronic illnesses (diabetes)
  • Medications drying out the mouth
  • Diet (sugary and starchy foods)
  • Lack of dental prevention

How does Laser Therapy Treat Periodontal Disease?

At Crestview Dental Care, our highly educated and progressive dental hygienist will use their periodontal laser therapy training to sterilize  infected gum tissue after removing the deposits under the gums that have built up. During the healing process, your gums will regenerate, and your oral health will improve.

Benefits of Periodontal Laser Therapy Include:

  • Shorter healing time, as opposed to traditional gum surgery
  • Precision, the laser can precisely treat a specific area
  • No general anesthesia is required
  • Easier recovery, less bleeding and pain, than with traditional gum surgery

Post-op care

Following your laser therapy, maintaining good oral hygiene is important for your treatment to be successful. We recommend that all patients adhere to the American Dental Association’s guidelines and the guidelines of your dental hygienist. What you do after periodontal therapy will determine the long-term results from your treatment.

To schedule your periodontal therapy consultation, contact Crestview Dental Care today at (865) 982-1700. We welcome patients of Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee.