Periodontal Laser Treatment
Knoxville and Maryville, TN
Periodontal laser therapy is one of the most effective therapies for treating periodontal disease. At Crestview Dental Care, we can use our precise dental laser to vaporize infected gum tissue, treating the disease at its source.
What causes periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, begins as gingivitis—gums that are swollen, red, bleed easily or tender to the touch. Could you imagine 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 uses to tell us there is a problem. Left untreated, gingivitis progresses to periodontitis. By this time, there has been permanent damage done to your teeth and mouth. Potential symptoms include more serious gum infections, tooth sensitivity, additional bleeding of the gums, loss of jawbone, gum recession, and loose teeth. Not treating gum disease will lead to tooth loss, the deterioration of your supporting bone structure, and eventually creating a more sunken facial appearance.
Learn about the common causes of periodontal disease:
- Poor dental hygiene (not brushing and flossing 2-3 times per day
- Tobacco use (smoking, chewing or vaping)
- Genetic susceptibility
- Chronic illnesses (diabetes)
- Dry mouth (a side effect of certain prescription medications)
- Diet (too many sugary and starchy foods)
- Lack of dental prevention efforts (skipping out on cleanings and checkups)
How does laser therapy treat periodontal disease?
At Crestview Dental Care, one of our dentists or laser-certified dental hygienists will use their laser therapy training to sterilize infected gum tissue after removing the deposits under the gums that have accumulated. During the healing process, your gums will regenerate as healthy tissue, and your oral health will improve. Laser therapy also can clear out the pockets that form in spaces between your teeth and gums if your periodontal disease has progressed into periodontitis.
Benefits of periodontal laser therapy include:
- Precision – The laser can make incisions mere nanometers deep.
- Less discomfort – Both during and after the procedure.
- Less bleeding – Bleeding is minimal because the laser immediately cauterizes any incisions that are made. This also eliminates the need for stitches.
- Faster – Not only is the procedure much quicker than traditional gum surgery, but recovery time also is significantly reduced. This means you can resume your normal routine of work and activities the day after your procedure.
Post-procedure care following laser gum therapy
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.
Treating gum disease is so important. Allowing this ailment to progress unchecked threatens your oral health and can jeopardize your overall American Academy of Periodontology health, elevating your risk of developing a chronic ailment such as diabetes and even heart disease. Research conducted determined that patients with gum disease were nearly twice as vulnerable to developing cardiac problems.
You don’t have to live with any of those risks. If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease and want to see if laser therapy could help you, schedule your consultation today by calling Crestview Dental Care at (865) 268-8781. We welcome patients of Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee.