The last thing that anyone in our office wants to do it cut into a patient’s gums. Thankfully, we have a better way of dealing with some common gum issues.
Today, we can use a dental laser to fix problems that would have required surgery with a scalpel years ago. With our dental laser, we can give you the same results along with shorter recovery times.
If you have gum disease or a gummy smile, we welcome you to call (770) 635-5336 or contact us online to make an appointment at our dentist office in Marietta, GA.
Our team at Atlanta West Dentistry would be happy to answer any questions you may have about how laser dentistry can help you.
How common is gum disease? According to some health experts, 8 in 10 people will have some form of gum disease.
More specifically, the Centers for Disease Control estimates nearly half of Americans who are 30 years and older have some form of periodontitis. This is an advanced form of gum disease.
Gum disease can develop slowly and gradually but cause serious long-term oral health issues. Many people don’t realize that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. When left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth infections, which often require root canal treatments.
The first step in many gum disease treatments is scaling and root planing. This is a “deep cleaning” to remove plaque and tartar buildup around the roots of your teeth. If your infection is serious, it may be necessary to remove infected gum tissue as well.
The old way of doing that was to cut the tissue out of your mouth and stitch your gums shut while they healed. This was not exactly a fun experience, and often, dentists had to remove healthy tissue along with the infected tissue to make sure all the infection was gone.
With a dental laser, the process is different, and you could say more effective. Rather than cutting into your gum tissue, the laser evaporates the targeted tissue. This allows us to remove the infected tissue while preserving more of your healthy tissue.
At the same time that your infected tissue evaporates, the healthy tissue is sealed by the laser. This means stitches usually are not necessary. This also helps shorten your recovery time.
Where gum disease treatment is considered a general dental procedure, changing a gummy smile would be considered cosmetic.
Nevertheless, many of the same principles apply, which makes a dental laser an excellent tool for this job as well.
Gummy smiles can be the result of excess gum tissue, or they can occur due to “short” teeth. In either case, you will reveal more gum than teeth when you smile.
In the first situation, removing gum tissue will change where your lips rest when you open your mouth to smile. In the second situation, removing gum tissue will expose more of your teeth.
Again, the old way of dealing with this was to cut away the gum tissue in your mouth. And that meant stitching your gums during your recovery.
Today, we can turn to our dental laser. This will “zap” the excess gum tissue and transform the appearance of your smile in the process. With less bleeding and no stitches (most of the time), you can start showing off your new smile a little sooner.
Dental lasers are just one example of how Atlanta West Dentistry is using technology to make dental care better for our patients.
The Wand has changed how we deliver local anesthetic (which is welcome news to patients with a fear of needles). Digital X-rays and intraoral cameras allow our dentists to identify and diagnose problems faster than ever.
We can even make digital impressions with our 3M True Definition Scanner. This means you don’t have to bite down onto a goopy mess.
We will continue to invest in new technology and complete training to provide the most benefit to our patients in and around Marietta, GA.
If you believe our dental lasers or other technology may help you or someone you love, call (770) 635-5336 or contact us online today.
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