Healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy smile. Gum disease can threaten your entire smile, and can result in tooth loss and other adverse effects if it is not promptly treated. If preventive dentistry is insufficient to maintain good oral health, one of the ways we help our patients overcome gum disease is through laser dentistry. Our Toronto practice has vast experience using dental lasers, which is one of the safest and most efficient tools available in modern dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
Periodontal disease is marked by red, tender, and swollen gums. Similar to high blood pressure, high cholesterol or obesity, research has shown periodontal disease is linked to the development of other very serious health conditions. These can include diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and respiratory diseases like pneumonia. Additionally, pregnant mothers with gum disease experience an increased risk of premature and low birth weight deliveries.
Unhealthy gum tissue is the result of bacteria collecting near and below the gum line. By brushing your teeth, this bacteria may be introduced into the blood stream, travel to other parts of the body, and exacerbate existing health conditions. As the tissue breaks down, teeth can loosen, shift, and eventually fall out. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to bone loss and infection of the jawbone.
Laser therapy eliminates the bacteria that causes gum disease. More advanced cases may also require scaling and root planing, which are techniques used to clean the teeth below the gum line. Gentle laser therapy not only allows Dr. Weiss to precisely target areas in need of treatment, but also offers benefits such as:
Once the gums have been thoroughly cleaned, regularly scheduled cleanings with our experienced dental team can reduce the chances of experiencing gum disease again in the future. Following treatment, bleeding and tenderness of the gums should resolve within two weeks. Daily flossing and thorough brushing will also help you to avoid developing gum disease.
Laser gum treatment not only helps patients to overcome gum disease – it can also enhance the appearance of your smile. If you have excess gum tissue that makes your teeth look shorter than they are, we can use dental lasers to perform a gum lift. During this procedure, Dr. Weiss permanently removes excess gum tissue, creating a more attractive frame for your teeth. Dr. Weiss can analyze your smile to determine if excess gum tissue is compromising the appearance of your teeth.
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