Laser Periodontal (Gum Disease) Treatment in Larchmont
At the office of Eric Spellman, DMD
in Larchmont, NY, we are proud to offer the latest in laser technology to provide low-risk and effective periodontal gum disease treatments. The techniques and tools in dentistry have dramatically evolved during the last few decades. Nowhere is this clearer than in the development of laser technology, which is now widely used by dentists throughout the country to perform standard treatments and procedures.
Dr. Spellman treats patients in Larchmont, Mamaroneck, and surrounding areas with moderate to advanced gum disease with the use of laser technology.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an ongoing infection of the gums that will gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. Many patients refer to it as gingivitis, gum disease, and periodontitis.
Patients can avoid the long-term effects of gum disease if identified and treated early. However, when the disease progresses, it can cause patients to experience a range of unpleasant and even debilitating symptoms that eventually affect the function and appearance of your teeth.
The primary cause of gum disease is poor oral health. After we eat, bacteria is present on and between our teeth. Most of us brush our teeth and clear the bacteria away, but if we poorly brush or forget to floss, the bacteria will begin to accumulate. Bacteria growth tends to happen along the gum line.
When bacteria begin to irritate the soft tissue of the gums, it can cause inflammation, swelling, and even some bleeding. Thus, you may notice these effects when you brush and floss your teeth. Plaque and eventually tartar then develops at the top of our teeth, and the bacteria begin to spread under our gums, where infection, abscesses, and other problems can develop. In its most advanced form, periodontal disease can compromise the density of your jaw bone and quality of your gums, making tooth loss a real possibility. The underlying infection can also spread into your bloodstream, where it can travel to your major organs, putting your overall health at risk.
How can laser periodontal therapy treat periodontal disease?
Conventional periodontal therapy (gum disease treatment) uses small surgical tools to clear away the bacteria and help prevent the condition from worsening. These treatments include scale and polish, root planing, and periodontal pocket reduction. While this is effective, there are still some inherent risks associated with invasive dental procedures, stemming from the use of sharp instruments and open wounds.
Laser periodontal therapy is a blade-free alternative to conventional treatments. The laser, which offers precision and accuracy, removes harmful bacteria and diseased tissue from the gum and around the root of the tooth. After Dr. Spellman destroys all of the affected gum tissue, he will use the laser to heat the gum tissue to form a clot. Doing so seals the wound and enable it to heal naturally, reducing the risk of post-treatment infection.
Benefits of choosing laser periodontal therapy
Why choose laser periodontal therapy? Experts agree that laser technology offers patients a range of additional benefits. The technology can reduce the risks associated with surgery and enhance the patient experience. Some of the benefits include:
- Enhanced precision and accuracy
- Reduced root exposure and sensitivity
- Allows for higher preservation of the gum tissue
- No need for sutures or staples
- Minimal bleeding
- Reduced risk of infection
- Less post-treatment pain and swelling
- Less reliance on pain medications
- Faster recovery time
Contact Us to Learn More
If you have periodontal disease, you must seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent the condition and subsequent effects from worsening. Our periodontist, Dr. Eric Spellman
, is delighted to be able to offer laser periodontal therapy (laser gum disease treatment) and outstanding patient care.
To find out more about laser gum disease treatment, or to arrange your consultation with Dr. Spellman, call our office today at (914) 315-4446
. We also treat patients in Mamaroneck, Scarsdale, New Rochelle, Harrison, Rye, and surrounding areas.