Do you dread going to the dentist for your regular cleanings or periodontal therapy? If so, you are not alone.
What if we told you that there is a way to make your dental visits more comfortable and effective? A way that can help you achieve healthier gums without surgery or harsh chemicals? A way that can make you smile with confidence again?
The team at Tuscarora Dental is excited to announce our new laser dental cleaning therapies. Laser therapy is a gentle and minimally invasive procedure that uses a beam of light to target and eliminate harmful bacteria in your gums while preserving healthy tissue. It can also stimulate healing and regeneration of your gum tissue and bone.
Our new Ultradent Gemini diode laser is a type of soft-tissue laser that can be used as an adjunct to conventional methods of dental cleanings and periodontal therapy. Periodontal therapy is the treatment of gum disease, which occurs when plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) and tartar (hardened plaque) accumulates on your teeth and causes inflammation and infection in your gums.
Conventional methods of dental cleanings and periodontal therapy involve using special instruments to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your teeth surfaces and roots. However, these methods cannot reach deeper than 3 mm into the gum pockets (the spaces between your teeth and gums) or remove all the bacteria from the tissue wall.
Diode laser therapy can be used before or after conventional periodontal therapy to decontaminate the gum pockets and reduce inflammation. The diode laser emits a beam of light at a specific wavelength that is highly absorbed by the pigment found in inflamed gums and bacteria but not by healthy tissue. This means that the laser can selectively interact with diseased tissue while leaving healthy tissue intact.
The diode laser also has antibacterial properties. It can kill bacteria in the pockets without using chemicals or antibiotics. This reduces the risk of infection or antibiotic resistance.
Additionally, diode laser therapy can stimulate healing by activating fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen) which help rebuild lost tissue. It can also activate osteoblasts (cells that produce bone) which help regenerate lost bone. This improves attachment of your gums to your teeth, reduces pocket depth, prevents further damage, and enhances aesthetics.
Diode laser therapy has many benefits over conventional methods of dental cleanings and periodontal therapy such as:
– Less pain: Diode laser therapy does not require surgery or sutures. It also causes less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort than periodontal therapy.
– Faster healing: Diode laser therapy stimulates cell growth which promotes faster healing. You may see improvement in your gum health within weeks instead of months.
– Better results: Diode laser therapy eliminates more bacteria than periodontal therapy alone. It also improves attachment of your gums to your teeth, reduces pocket depth, prevents further damage, and enhances aesthetics.
– More convenience: Diode laser therapy is a quick procedure that may take only 15 minutes to an hour per session depending on your case’s severity. You may need one or more sessions to achieve optimal results but you will have less downtime than with surgery.
– More confidence: Diode laser therapy helps you achieve healthier gums which improve your oral health, overall well-being, self-esteem, appearance, and smile quality
Diode laser therapy is a simple procedure that does not require much preparation or recovery time. Here’s what you can expect during and after diode laser therapy:
– You will wear protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the light beam.
– Your dentist will use local anesthesia, if needed, to numb your gums.
– Your dentist will gently insert a thin fiber optic tip into each gum pocket around your teeth delivering pulses of light energy into them.
– You may feel some warmth or tingling sensation as the laser works on your gums.
– You may experience some minor discomfort or swelling in your gums for a few days.
– You should follow your dentist’s instructions on how to care for your mouth after treatment. This may include:
– Rinsing with salt water or an antimicrobial mouthwash
– Avoiding spicy foods
– Brushing gently
– Flossing carefully
– Avoiding smoking
– Keeping hydrated
– Eating soft foods
– You should also schedule regular follow-up visits with your dentist to monitor your healing progress and maintain good oral hygiene habits.
Diode laser therapy is the newest cutting-edge procedure at Tuscarora Dentistry. It is a gentle and effective way to treat gum disease without surgery, and it can help you achieve healthier gums by killing bacteria deep within them while preserving healthy tissue and promoting healing by stimulating cell growth. If you are interested in learning more about this option for improving your oral health, please contact us today!