Say Goodbye to Traditional Dental Tools
Often the main concern about dentistry for many patients is the anticipation of uncomfortable treatment. This concern is generally associated with the fear of having procedures completed with invasive tools such as drills and scalpels. While some of these tools cannot be avoided, we can eliminate much of the discomfort and anxiety about your dental appointments by incorporating minimally invasive laser dentistry! By exchanging dental lasers for traditional tools, we can greatly increase the level of comfort, convenience, and predictability of your treatment, which often can be accomplished with minimal or no sedation. With treatments enhanced by the use of this advanced laser technology, our skilled periodontists and dentists can help you achieve great oral health through these minimally-invasive laser dentistry techniques.
Laser Dentistry: Elevating Patient Comfort
We incorporate laser dentistry solutions into our Milford, MA practice because we are dedicated to providing the most exceptional patient experiences. For you, this means more effective and streamlined treatment that minimizes pain and promotes a faster and healthier recovery. For most procedures, laser dentistry simplifies your treatment process, improving the convenience of your care and helping you experience better quality dentistry.
Bacteria allowed to build up below the gum line can cause irritation and inflammation of the gum tissue. We use dental lasers to remove this diseased gum tissue so that bacteria do not spread. Dental lasers have a cauterizing effect and help minimize bleeding and promote soft tissue regeneration to improve the health of the gums.
Sometimes the frenulum, the portion of tissue securing the upper lip and the tongue to the mouth, restricts the movement necessary to eat and speak correctly. We use dental lasers to virtually painlessly eliminate a portion of the frenulum to allow for better movement of the upper lip and tongue.
Painful ulcers, canker sores, and cold sores can be unsightly, uncomfortable, and take weeks to fully heal. We use dental lasers to eradicate the infection-causing virus which eliminates pain and heals the sore within a matter of days. Using laser therapy at the site of the sore also reduces the chances of it returning to the same spot again.
Sensitive teeth due to worn tooth enamel can make it difficult to consume foods and beverages due to their sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. We use dental lasers to create a sealing effect on the surface of the teeth to block substances that can cause sensitivity from permeating the enamel and reaching the nerve.
A “gummy” smile is a term for when more gum tissue than visible tooth crowns show when you smile. We use dental lasers to “lengthen” the tooth crowns by removing a portion of the gum tissue and reshaping a new gum line higher up on the teeth. This rebalances the smile and creates a more aesthetic tooth-to-gum ratio.
The Proof is in Our Patients
Is there a cure for gum disease?
The only type of periodontal or gum disease that can be cured is gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be cured by professional cleanings at our office, followed by daily brushing and flossing. Periodontally disease cannot be cured. It can however be controlled for the rest of your life.
Is gum disease reversible?
Early stages of gum disease such as gingivitis are reversible with a thorough dental cleaning and good daily home care. However, if you prolong the time between dental visits or fail to brush well or clean between your teeth, gingivitis will return. More severe periodontal or gum disease is generally not reversible, but it is treatable. If the bone and tissue holding the teeth in place aren’t impacted, this damage is usually reversible. If the bone and tissue holding the teeth in place are impacted, the damage it causes is permanent. We can stop the disease from progressing and the potential systemic problems such as cardiovascular disease, it is associated with. We are able in many situations able to restore and rebuild the bone.
What is the best treatment for gum disease?
With gum or periodontal disease, there are varying treatments depending upon the severity of the condition. In the early stages of gum disease, the first step usually involves a special cleaning called scaling and root planing, which removes plaque and tartar deposits on the tooth and root surfaces. The scaling and root planing help gum tissues heal and reattach to the tooth. A general cleaning or prophy is not appropriate at this stage and will not remedy the situation. A more severe case of periodontal or gum disease may need treatment by a specialist called a periodontist.