Laser Gum Disease Treatment in Long Beach
Effective, non-surgical gum disease treatment
Many dental health issues, such as tooth and bone loss, can be traced directly back to gum disease, making it an important issue to handle as soon as possible to preserve your oral health.
95% of gum disease patients can be treated in our office without the need to be sent to a specialist. We use a Biolase soft-tissue laser to effectively treat even severe stages of gum disease. The Biolase laser gently removes diseased gum tissue without affecting healthy gum tissue. Healing time is much quicker than with traditional methods of treating moderate to severe gum disease (which usually consist of gum surgery using scalpels and stitches).
What causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is primarily caused by poor dental hygiene. When oral hygiene is practiced improperly or neglected altogether, bacteria in the form of plaque and calculus manifest on the teeth and cause tooth decay.
Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. Carbohydrates, especially in the form of refined flours and sugars, that are left on the teeth provide fuel for these bacteria, and while consuming this fuel the bacteria produce acids that break down enamel and cause tooth decay.
When plaque is left on the teeth for too long, it hardens over both the crown and the root and is called calculus, or tartar. Calculus irritates the tooth root and leads to the formation of periodontal pockets by causing the root to separate from the gum. These pockets become a breeding ground for bacteria, accelerating the deterioration of both teeth and gums.
Gentle, comfortable Gum Disease treatment
Our hygienists employ a variety of high-tech, minimally invasive treatment methods in order to handle gum disease. No two patients are exactly the same, and depending on your level of gum disease more than one method may have to be employed. Our hygienists are friendly and caring and will make you comfortable during your treatment.
A comprehensive periodontal exam is the first step, as it gives us important information about your periodontal health and how advanced your gum disease is. We record the amount of calculus and plaque present and take measurements of any periodontal pockets or gum recession.
Comprehensive, gentle deep cleanings
For mild to moderate cases of gum disease, a deep cleaning may be all that is needed to restore your gums to good health.
Our deep cleaning process includes two main procedures, which are:
- Scaling—this involves scraping off the plaque, tartar and stains both above and below the gum line.
- Root planing—a procedure in which any infected tooth structure below the gum line is removed, and the tooth roots are smoothed out to help the gum tissue reattach to the roots. Smooth roots also make it more difficult for new bacteria to take hold.
Our hygienists use ultrasonic scalers to handle heavy stains or calcium deposits causing gum disease. The vibrations of the ultrasonic scaler loosen material on the surface of the tooth, which is then brushed off. The ultrasonic vibrations also cause shock waves which kill the disease-causing bacteria.
Eliminating bacteria with antibiotic therapy
After a deep cleaning, our hygienists will often apply a time-released topical antibiotic to your gum pockets to target any remaining bacteria. This helps eliminate periodontal bacteria and reduces the likelihood of developing gum disease in the future.
High-tech oral DNA Testing
Our hygienists use state-of-the art DNA testing to help treat more advanced gum disease cases. Oral DNA testing can be used to determine whether or not you’re genetically susceptible to gum disease, as well as to identify what types and concentrations of bacteria are in your gums so we can prescribe antibiotics specifically targeted to eliminate them.
Minimally-Invasive Laser Gum Disease Therapy
Our hygienists use a soft-tissue Biolase laser to disinfect the gum pockets by cleaning below the gum line and removing any diseased gum tissue. The laser selectively removes the diseased tissue and leaves healthy tissue unaffected. Because the laser seals the wound as it operates, there is much less bleeding, swelling and pain after treatment than with traditional surgery that involves scalpels and stitches.
To make an appointment, call 562‑449‑4001 or click here to request an appointment online.