Gum disease affects nearly half of American adults and is the leading cause of tooth loss in the developed world. Modern dental innovations such as laser dentistry have enabled dentists like Dr. Datta Malyavantham and his Sterling, VA dental team to treat gum disease with greater accuracy, less discomfort, and no downtime. Learn more about this revolutionary treatment and how it can help prevent tooth loss and treat gum disease.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Dental lasers are used to improve accuracy and reduce recovery time for a variety of dental treatments. Soft tissue lasers are used to treat gum disease because they penetrate soft tissue and sealing blood vessels and nerve endings, which enables faster healing. These lasers are often used in treating gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease starts with bacteria in the mouth working its way into healthy tissue to cause an infection. This disease of the gum tissues surrounding the teeth and underlying jawbone that anchor the teeth in place is clinically referred to as periodontal disease or periodontitis. If left untreated, periodontal disease ends with tooth loss.
The main cause of periodontal disease is bacteria in plaque that is left untreated. The bacteria in our mouths bond with mucus and other particles to form plaque on teeth. The plaque that isn’t removed by brushing and flossing hardens and forms tartar.
To get rid of the bacteria, our immune systems release defense cells that cause areas around the teeth to become inflamed. As our gums swell, they pull away from the teeth creating little pockets that allow more bacteria to settle in.
Laser Dentistry Gum Disease Treatment Benefits
Not all dental practices offer laser dentistry, but Ridgetop Dental is proud to offer this revolutionary treatment option to provide benefits to patients:
- Minimal bleeding
- Reduced recovery time
- Less need for anesthesia
- No downtime
- No sutures
- More precision, leading to better aesthetics
Gum Disease Treatment with Laser Dentistry in Sterling, VA
If you’ve been putting off seeing a dentist for your gum disease because of fear of a painful, extended treatment and recovery, laser dentistry might be right for you. Schedule an appointment online or call our office at (703) 520-7410 today.