Smiles Family Dental offers the latest minimally-invasive laser gum treatment options for patients in Flower Mound. Laser gum disease treatment uses a technology that has been in use for decades. It is performed using advanced equipment, such as the WaterLase® MD and PerioLase® MVP-7. Each of these systems is effective for various procedures that are pain-free, less-invasive alternatives to traditional surgical treatments.
It is estimated that half of all American adults suffer from gum disease, a progressive disease that attacks teeth, gum tissue and supporting structures. In the beginning stages, many patients do not experience any symptoms to indicate there is cause for concern, but as it progresses into later stages, some symptoms may become noticeable, such as:
As gum disease breaks down the supporting structures around the teeth, they are put at risk of falling out, making this disease the number one cause of tooth loss. The earlier the disease is diagnosed and treated, the better we can protect your smile from these harmful effects.
Traditional gum disease treatments have required the use of cutting and stitches to effectively remove disease-causing bacteria from beneath the gum line. The idea of this procedure has caused many patients to delay treatment from fear of pain or the unknown, or the inconvenience of long recovery times. With the LANAP® protocol, recovery time is minimal, with patients typically back to their routine the same or next day, and the treatment process is virtually pain-free. During treatment, the dental laser gently removes bacteria from beneath the gum line, leaving healthy tissue behind to reattach to the teeth and recover.
Laser dental treatments are becoming commonplace for treating progressive gum disease. As your gums get worse, they may be red, swollen, or tender. You may notice bleeding. Bad breath, temperature sensitivity, and, ultimately, gum recession and loose/shifting teeth may become noticeable. The WaterLase system is unique in that it uses a combination of laser, water, and air energy. Concentrated water streams react with water molecules in teeth; the system can be used to painlessly cut through a tooth.
Your local dentist may also use the PerioLase® MVP-7, a digital laser system that offers the flexibility of seven pulse durations. It’s, therefore, suitable for many types of laser-tissue interactions and different procedures. Parameters are pre-set for 20 of them, so all the dentist must do is select the settings from an on-screen menu.
Smiles Family Dental uses lasers for a variety of treatments, so your dentist or periodontist may include laser therapy for a range of procedures.