People throughout the greater Philadelphia area know that Artistic Expressions Dentistry offers advanced dental care that uses the latest techniques and technology. It should come as no surprise that our practice offers laser dentistry treatments, which have cosmetic and dental health applications.
Let's take a moment to consider some general matters regarding laser dentistry and then consider how it can help treat problems affecting periodontal health and the gumline.
What Is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry refers to the use of advanced lasers in the diagnostic process and the treatment of various dental health issues. These dental lasers offer a great deal over the traditional dental tools of the past, including added accuracy in terms of diagnosis and reduces invasiveness when treating hard tissues and soft tissues.
We'll mostly focus on the treatment of the gums in this post, though we'll briefly note some other uses for laser dentistry when it comes to enhancing your dental wellness.
Laser Gum Contouring
When a person suffers from a gummy smile (a smile in which the gums are too prominent), laser gum contouring can be performed. During laser gum contouring, a little bit of the gum tissue is removed, exposing more of the crown of a tooth in the process. This makes the gums appear less prominent when a person smiles, and can have a positive impact on the overall appearance of a patient's smile in the process.
This procedure is most commonly performed on the gumline of the most prominent teeth of the upper and lower dental arches.
Laser Treatment for Gum Disease
If you suffer from gum disease, sometimes it's necessary to undergo treatment to remove diseased or infected gum tissue. This can help peel back the gum tissue to treat underlying tooth structure, helping with root planing and scaling. With laser treatment for gum disease, this can be done without the need for a scalpel or other traditional oral surgery instruments.
Laser treatment for gum disease may be supplemented by the use of antiseptic rinses as well as the use of antibiotics to help get the infection under control.
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry for the Gums
Laser dentistry offers a number of major benefits to patients. Some of these benefits include the following:
- Less bleeding than traditional oral surgery
- Faster recovery times after oral surgery
- Reduced discomfort as one heals
- Less serious post-op side effects
- Less risk of infection during and after oral surgery
- A high level of precision using lasers to treat soft tissues
Other Applications for Laser Dentistry
In addition to treating the gums and the gumline, laser dentistry can also be used to help treat other soft-tissue problems in the mouth (e.g., being tongue tied), to address tooth decay, and as part of dental exams and diagnostics.
To put it succinctly, lasers have revolutionized the approach to effective dental care when addressing all sorts of issues. We're proud to use dental lasers at our practice as they make a major difference in the lives of our patients.
Contact Artistic Expressions Dentistry
For more information about your treatment options for periodontal health matters, be sure to contact our state-of-the-art cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at our practice will help you make smart choices with regard to your health and wellness.