Laser gum treatment restores healthy gums in Quincy, MA
When you think of a healthy smile, the first thing that comes to mind is likely pearly, white teeth. However, your gums are just as important to your oral health—and the health of your whole body. At the dental practice of Dr. Stephen Matarazzo in Quincy, MA, patients benefit from the latest advances in gum disease treatments, including laser gum therapy, a highly effective and comfortable way of restoring your gums back to health.
Importance of treating gum disease
Gum disease is very common in the United States, with over half of adults over the age of 30 suffering from either gingivitis or periodontitis in some form. Even though it is common, that does not mean that it is OK from a health perspective. Leaving gum disease untreated can have a whole host of consequences not only for your smile but also your overall health and well-being. While the connection between gum disease and systemic illnesses is still currently a topic of research, it is believed that the inflammation and bacterial infection associated with periodontitis causes far-reaching negative effects on the body. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Premature births
- Low birthweight
Besides, gum disease is progressive. That means that if you don’t take measures to stop it, it gets worse over time, causing more and more damage. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to the following oral health issues:
- Red, swollen, painful, and/or bleeding gums
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Receding gums, or areas where the gums pull away from the teeth
- Tooth sensitivity or pain
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
Stop periodontitis in its tracks with laser treatment
Historically, patients with gum disease had limited options when it came to treating it. Scalpels and scalers were the only way to remove the bacteria and toxins causing gum disease, but they left swelling, bleeding, and pain in their wake. Fortunately, patients in the area of Quincy, MA have access to state-of-the-art dental care at Dr. Stephen Matarazzo’s practice, including laser gum therapy. Using a special dental laser called Waterlase, Dr. Matarazzo can quickly address the root cause of gum disease so that your gums are restored to health.
Using Waterlase enables Dr. Matarazzo to use a level of precision not offered by traditional scalpels and scalers. Even better, it offers patients a much more comfortable experience free from the anxiety-provoking sounds, smells, and vibrations of a dental drill and without the need for anesthetic shots that can be painful and cause numbness for hours after treatment.
Laser therapy for gum disease also offers several health benefits. As the laser works to cut through tissues, it sterilizes the treatment area and cauterizes any wounds for rapid healing and a reduced chance of infection. In addition, patients who undergo laser gum treatment are less likely to experience bleeding, sensitivity, and swelling after the procedure.
A comprehensive treatment plan for gum disease
Typically, laser therapy is one component of a comprehensive gum disease treatment plan. Dr. Matarazzo will work with you to identify ways to improve your home care, including using the proper brushing technique to brush your teeth twice daily, flossing every day, and using antibacterial mouthwashes as needed. In addition, some patients may benefit from other therapies such as oral antibiotics to curb bacterial infection in the gums or gum recession treatment. Based on your oral health, Dr. Matarazzo will also recommend a regular interval to come into the office for deep cleanings of your teeth and gums. For some patients, this may be more frequent than the traditional twice-yearly cleanings at first because it is essential to keep your teeth and gums free from plaque, tartar, and bacteria while your gums are recovering from periodontitis.
Call to schedule your personalized consultation
We love welcoming new patients to our dental family and offer compassionate, non-judgmental care. Dr. Matarazzo and his team are devoted to comfortably and effectively restoring teeth and gums to health and helping patients maintain their great results. Laser gum treatment is just one of the latest techniques that Dr. Matarazzo uses to keep his patients smiling. Call our Quincy, MA office today at (617) 405-3939 to learn more and schedule your personalized consultation.
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