Restore Your Brilliant Smile with Laser Treatment for Gum Recession
The state of your gums plays a vital role in your smile’s appearance and your mouth’s overall health. They serve as the foundation for your teeth, providing a secure and stable support system. Furthermore, healthy gums act as a barrier, protecting the underlying tissues and bones from harmful bacteria and other irritants that can lead to gum disease.
Ideally, healthy gums appear pink in color and possess a firm texture. However, gum tissue can become inflamed and swollen due to various factors, including poor oral hygiene, hormonal changes, and certain medical conditions. In such cases, gums may appear redder and puffier than usual, which can indicate the presence of gum disease.
At the dental practice of Dr. Stephen Matarazzo, he and his team can diagnose the symptoms of infected gums and offer solutions such as safe, gentle, and non-surgical laser treatment to repair and reverse gum recession.
The Dangers of Periodontitis
Periodontal diseases, which affect the gums and bone-supporting teeth, are primarily caused by infections and inflammation. The earliest stage, gingivitis, is characterized by red, swollen gums that may bleed. As the disease progresses into the more severe form of periodontitis, the gums can recede from the teeth, causing bone loss and potential tooth loss or loosening.
Although periodontal disease can affect anyone, it is most frequently observed in adults. Periodontal disease and tooth decay are the two most significant hazards to dental health.
Stopping Periodontitis in Its Tracks
At the onset of gum disease, bacterial plaque can lead to tenderness or bleeding while brushing or flossing, or there may be no symptoms. However, as the disease progresses to the periodontitis stage, teeth may feel loose in their sockets, or the tissues may detach from the teeth. This can lead to chronic bad breath and bite-related issues.
Bacterial buildup triggers inflammation in the gums, causing tenderness and swelling. This inflammation subsides when the plaque is removed. Previously, the only known cure for gum disease was using sharp instruments and scalers to eliminate toxins from root surfaces. This traditional approach resulted in lingering pain, swelling, and bleeding.
Fortunately, advances in gum disease treatment have made using the scalpel less common. Instead, non-surgical methods such as scaling and root planing, laser therapy, and antibiotics are now available. These treatments can effectively eliminate the bacterial plaque responsible for gum disease without the painful side effects of traditional remedies.
Treating Gum Recession Using Laser Treatment
Our team, led by Dr. Matarazzo, employs specialized laser technology to deliver precise and efficient gum treatments. This innovative approach utilizes the Waterlase laser, which delivers a focused beam of light to the treatment area while continuously spraying water. The heat cleanly cuts through soft tissue and bone as the laser energy makes contact.
What sets Waterlase apart from other periodontal lasers is its exceptional ability to provide maximum patient comfort and an improved treatment experience. The laser’s simultaneous hydration and cutting action allow for a painless and gentle procedure. By utilizing this advanced technology, our team can effectively treat gum conditions while ensuring our patients’ highest level of comfort.
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