Laser Dental Treatment
Prescott Valley, AZ
Treating Gum Disease
The treatment of gum disease usually requires a deep cleaning, known as scaling and root planing. Scaling removes plaque and tartar (hardened plaque that cannot be removed with regular brushing) from the entire surface of your teeth, both above and below the gum line. A special scaling tool is used to do this and an antimicrobial agent is administered below the gums to kill lingering bacteria. Root planing is then done to remove plaque, bacteria and toxins from the roots of your teeth, smoothing the surface to prevent new bacteria from collecting.
How Does the Laser Help?
The use of laser treatment in dentistry is a relatively new technology, but studies have found that it can help greatly in treating gum disease when used in conjunction with scaling and root planing. Lasers are equipped with different wavelengths to fit specific levels of treatment. It is used to remove inflamed gum tissue from around the root of the tooth in order to allow Dr. Andrew Zeiger to begin the scaling and root planing procedures. It may also be used to remove tartar buildup on teeth. Lasers can also be used to clean deep periodontal pockets of infection.
Other Uses for Laser Treatment
Lasers can be used for more than just treating gum disease. They can be used to remove decay from teeth, and prepare them for fillings. The laser can also harden the filling as well. They can also be used for preparing teeth for crowns. Laser treatments can be used to whiten teeth. They may also be used to remove questionable lesions for biopsies. Lasers can also be used to regenerate the tissues of bones and ligaments.
Benefits of Laser Treatment
While the use of lasers in the dental office is still fairly new, they offer numerous benefits:
|•||Less pain. This means less anesthesia.
|•||Stops bleeding right away.
|•||Less invasive. Gums do not need to be cut for periodontal treatment. This also means less pain after treatment.
|•||Can seal deep periodontal pockets.
|•||Helps save teeth.
|•||Preserves more of the tooth in the instance of preparing cavities for filling.
|•||Can help aid those who have a fear of the dental offices.|
Using the latest technology allows us to provide you with the best treatment options available. For more information on laser treatments, call (928) 277-0076 today.