Laser Dentistry from your Quincy Dentist is the next wave in delivering pain-free periodontal treatment
Lasers are replacing scalpels as the instrument of choice to treat advanced periodontal disease. They are a more precise, less invasive method of vaporizing damaged gum tissue and give patients a no-cut, no-stitch procedure with a shorter, virtually pain-free recovery.
For those reasons, Quincy dentist, Dr. Matarazzo, is a leading proponent of reaching for the laser rather than the scalpel to treat periodontal disease.
Estimates show that close to 80% of Americans have varying degrees of gum disease, many without accompanying physical symptoms. Without regular dental preventive care, patients can be unaware of the ravages taking place beneath their gum surface until pain, excessive bleeding, or a throbbing abscess lands them in the dental chair, often with irreversible damage.
The threat and thought of invasive gum surgery can provoke patients into postponing seeking treatment. Yet, virtually all cases of periodontal disease can be treated to some degree with laser dentistry.
Lasers are a revolution in dentistry that affords patients countless benefits. They are more precise, so the impacted area is minimized in comparison to traditional gum surgery. Selective laser dentistry detects light and dark areas of the teeth and gums to differentiate healthy versus diseased tissue. These advancements mean that the laser can leave the healthy lighter tissue untouched while vaporizing away the damaged gum and tooth. Lasers can also target infections in the root canals by killing bacteria and cleaning the cavity.
Laser dentistry also means less bleeding and faster recovery. The superfine laser can slip easily between the tooth and gum so it is substantially less invasive. The laser beam cuts and seals the nerve endings so there are no visible cuts or sutures. Additionally, the laser cauterizes the tissue so it forms its own clot. Without a surgical incision, pain during and after the procedure is greatly diminished. Should future periodontal surgery eventually need to be performed, it is usually less extensive and localized to the small confined affected area.
Laser periodontal treatment can take two to four appointments to complete, approximately one hour each in duration, depending on the area to be treated.
To learn more about laser dentistry options and to schedule a complimentary smile consultation with Dr. Matarazzo, call 617 471 8882 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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