Gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth that turn into an infection. This chronic infection causes destruction to your jawbone and the tissues and bones that support your teeth. If left untreated, pockets can form between your teeth and gums, where the bacteria can then grow. When bacteria accumulate inside these pockets, your teeth can fall out.
At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, one method we use to combat gum disease is laser periodontal therapy. An alternative to surgery, this treatment utilizes a diode or soft tissue laser to achieve healthy gums.
This laser procedure is a "no cutting-no stitching" treatment. We start by using a periodontal probe to measure the depth of any destructive pockets. Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb will then use the laser to remove any diseased tissue and other debris found in the pocket underneath your gums. Ultrasonic scalers and special hand instruments will be used to clean and smooth the surface of your root. Any disease-causing bacteria will be killed, leaving a sterile environment.
The laser is then used a second time to aid in the clot formation, which acts like a bandage around your teeth to promote rapid healing and the formation of new gum around your teeth.
This laser-based approach to gum disease results in less pain, bleeding, swelling and recovery time. This procedure also:
- Removes only the diseased tissue without removing any healthy tissue
- Maintains the height of the tissue around teeth
- Minimizes pain and discomfort
- Closes the periodontal pocket wound to allow healing
- Saves and restores otherwise-hopeless teeth
- Helps to control future periodontal disease
Our patients enjoy more comfort, less bleeding, and faster healing with this technology. During laser periodontal therapy, you may also undergo a gum recontouring procedure to reshape your gums and produce optimum aesthetic results.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, it is important to take action early if you want to save your teeth. Our talented dentist Dr. Swaintek-Lamb can treat your gum disease and restore your oral health. Please contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville today by calling (800) 672-8518 or completing our online form to schedule your consultation. Our dental team serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and surrounding areas in New Jersey. We look forward to helping you achieve your optimal oral health.