• August 27, 2019
Treating Gum Disease without Surgery

Have a feeling there is something wrong with your gums? The first gum disease symptoms you may notice are blood in the sink after brushing and inflammation along the gum line caused by gingivitis, a buildup of bacterial plaque.

If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a much more severe condition that may require gum disease treatments. Periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen as gums recede and the jawbone weakens. Traditionally, dental surgery was required to address problems caused by more advanced periodontitis, including flap surgery and bone and tissue grafts.

We help each of our patients maintain good oral health to prevent gum disease. At Shorewood Family Dental Care, we also utilize advanced options with the latest laser technology. That’s right, treating gum disease without surgery is possible!  

Advanced Technology for Treating Gum Disease without Surgery

The lasers used for treating gum disease are diode lasers, which are extremely focused light beams used to access infected pockets in the gums to kill the infected tissue and bacteria.

The power of our laser lies is its ability to target certain areas of the gums, such as darker tissues that are infected or damaged by plaque. How treating gum disease without surgery works is that the laser enables the dentists to vaporize infected tissue. Doing so leaves healthy portions behind without any damage. The heat of the laser also instantly seals the healthy tissue, meaning there is no bleeding and a greatly reduced chance of reinfection.

Lasers also stimulate stem cells in the tissues to form new connective tissues, bone and collagen. Then, the body is able to regenerate ligaments and bone around the teeth.

When gums heal after the procedure, it is a good time to discuss restorative treatments that may be needed to bring gums and teeth back to optimal condition.

Good Oral Health Care

The best defense against gum disease is a good offense including daily brushing, flossing and mouthwash rinse, plus b-annual deep cleaning by a dental hygienist.