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Laser Gum Treatment

Woman with red hair admiring dental work in mirrorAt She’s Apples Dentistry, we’re dedicated to making sure your entire family shows off healthy, beautiful smiles. It’s essential to keep your teeth vital, but it’s equally crucial to make sure that your gums stay in great shape. If your gums require additional work, we have the technology and skills to ensure that you receive the care you need.

At our practice, we are proud to feature the diode laser, which utilises powerful semiconductor technology to address an array of gum issues. Precise and conservative, the laser provides an excellent alternative to invasive surgical treatment.

Here are some of the ways that laser gum treatment can help you smile brighter:

Gummy Smiles

Do you refrain from smiling because too much of your gums show? You may feel too self-conscious to have your picture taken or smile when meeting others. You want your teeth and gums to look proportionate to each other. Gingival recontouring can be achieved with the diode laser.

The concept of smile design is used when planning the reshaping of gums around the front teeth to increase the length of the teeth and to treat gummy smiles where too much gum is shown when smiling. Laser gingivectomy generally results in reduced pain and bleeding as compared with other surgical methods.

Gum Disease

Diode lasers can be used to reduce bacteria in the periodontal pocket by destroying the bacterial cell membrane. Used in conjunction with a comprehensive hygiene protocol, laser treatment appears to reduce bleeding and inflammation in the gingival tissues. The laser also can be used to remove diseased gum tissue.

Restorative Dentistry

During restorative dentistry, the diode laser is used to remove excess gum tissue and to reduce bleeding so that a good impression of a crown preparation can be taken.

Gum Recession and Sensitivity

As a person ages, the gums recede a little bit and you can experience some sensitivity. When we age the sensitivity comes from where you’re exposing the root in recession. The root becomes sensitive. You can cover that up with filling material or you can have gum grafted onto those recessed areas.

When we perform your gum procedure, we will give you a local anaesthetic, so you don’t feel any discomfort.

The Mouth-Body Connection

Your mouth is the entry point where food and other things go into the body to be scattered throughout the body. If you have poor gum health, that means that the bacteria from gum disease is likewise being disseminated throughout your body. If you have gum disease, your gums are more likely to cut and bleed. When this occurs, it creates openings for bacteria to enter the bloodstream and elevates the risk of inflammatory-related diseases and conditions.

Preventing Periodontal Disease

  • Red and swollen gums. Bleeding when you brush your teeth. Receding gums. These are some of the common symptoms of gum disease. The tips below can help to prevent bacterial infection or reduce inflammation. By following these suggestions, you can decrease your risk of experiencing gum disease.
  • Brush and floss. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily. If you have bridges, implants or broad spaces between your teeth, you may want to use interdental brushes. These are toothpick-like tools with small bristles at one end. These brushes can effectively remove trapped food.
  • Refrain from smoking. Those who smoke up to a half a pack of cigarettes a day are nearly three times as likely as those who don’t smoke to have periodontitis. If you smoke more than a pack and a half of cigarettes per day, you have almost six times the risk.
  • Eat a healthy diet. A diet abundant in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and fatty fish provides vital nutrients and helps to suppress inflammation. Some evidence suggests that people whose diets are high in omega-3 fatty acids (found in fatty fish), have a lower risk of periodontal disease.
  • Have regular dental checkups and cleanings. Your dentist or dental hygienist can remove plaque and identify the first indications of periodontal disease.
  • Seek treatment at the first signs of gum disease. Swollen, bleeding gums or gums that have pulled away from your teeth are the most serious signs of periodontal disease. If you notice any of these signs, it’s critical that you seek treatment straightaway.

FAQ

Who is a candidate for this laser treatment?

Nearly everyone who has periodontal disease, swollen gingiva or soft tissue lesions that require biopsies are candidates for laser treatment. This treatment is particularly ideal for addressing advanced cases that are almost beyond traditional surgical treatment. That’s because the laser treatment can, in some cases, regenerate bone and soft tissue.

How is periodontal disease normally treated in Australia?

The conventional treatment is to perform deep scaling and root planing (SRP). Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical type of cleaning the surfaces of the teeth and their root, which may be exposed because of gum recession. SRP removes tartar, plaque and bacteria from the gum that surrounds the root and fosters the healthy regeneration of the gum tissue.

What about patient discomfort, sensitivity and downtime?

Some of the major benefits people who have laser treatment experience include the following: much less pain, sensitivity, recession, swelling, and minimal downtime after treatment. Typically, patients can go back to work the same day, if they didn’t get sedated.

How does the cost of laser treatment compare to conventional surgery?

The cost of laser treatment is no more than conventional surgery. Insurance may cover part of the cost, depending on the plan.

How will I feel after the laser surgery?

You may experience a bit of achiness, throbbing or soreness. Your dentist can prescribe antibiotics, mild analgesics and an antibacterial mouth rinse to address any discomfort you may experience.

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You’re welcome to book in for a laser gum treatment Sydney CBD or we can discuss whether it’s right for you at your next checkup. Contact us today!
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* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


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