Having healthy, attractive gums is one of the keys to having a beautiful smile. Yet many people are not born with perfect gums. Sometimes the gumline is too pronounced and dominates the teeth. Other times there are issues with injury or bacterial infection of the gums. When facing these issues, it's important to consult with a Livingston cosmetic dentist. Doing so will allow you to get the treatment that you need when you need it. One option that is more than likely on the table is laser periodontal treatment. Let's take a look at this matter right now.
What is laser periodontal therapy?
Laser periodontal therapy refers to the use of safe laser technology for treatment of gum tissue. When you visit with a skilled cosmetic dentistry center in Livingston, NJ, you'll be able to find out if laser periodontal therapy is the right option for you.
Reasons That Laser Gum Treatment is Performed
Some of the most common reasons that laser gum/periodontal therapy is performed involve the treatment of gum disease or the recontouring of the gumline. In general, any surgical procedure that involves adjustments to the gumline can potentially be helped through the use of soft tissue dental lasers.
Advantages of Laser Periodontal Treatments
In the past, scalpels were used for periodontal care and gum health treatments. While proven and effective, lasers make the scalpel almost completely obsolete. The soft tissue laser used for periodontal treatments cauterizes the soft tissue as it cuts. That means less bleeding during treatment, and it also means less bleeding, less discomfort and anxiety for the patient, and often less anesthetic required for the treatment to be performed.
Given the ability to cauterize while making incisions, the recovery time after laser periodontal therapy tends to be shorter than that of traditional periodontal therapy performed with a scalpel.
About Laser Gum Disease Treatment
When treating gum disease through laser gum treatment, it's first important to address the infection itself. The team at our Livingston restorative dentistry center can accomplish this through special antiseptic rinses and antibiotics. Once the infection is cleared, the soft tissue laser is used to remove any unhealthy or severely compromised gum tissue. Gum grafts can then be used to help rebuild the gumline as needed.
About Laser Gum Recontouring
For instances of smiles that have gums which are too prominent, laser periodontal therapy will be used for reshaping and recontouring the gumline. Careful removal of soft tissue will result in a smile where there is better harmony/balance between the teeth and the gums.
Other Options for Advanced Dental Care Treatment
There are many other options for treatment when it comes to improving the health and appearance of your gums. We'd also like to add that there are plenty of applications for laser technology in other facets of general dental care, including diagnostics and treatment of the teeth themselves. All of this we can discuss in more detail during your visit.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatment
For more information about laser dental care treatment and your other options for advanced dental health treatment, be sure to contact our Livingston cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best looking and healthiest smile possible.