In the computer age, more and more patients have started to find out from online sources about their dental conditions and more. Many internet searches such as "laser gingivitis treatment" or "dental laser" have led us to realize that more information is needed about this type of condition and the therapies that can treat / improve it, according to patients from a approved source in the field.
The term gingivitis describes a state of inflammation of the gums caused by the accumulation of bacterial plaque (white sticky film) around the teeth in the gingival groove. This inflammation often cannot disappear by the simple hygiene methods practiced by the patient at home, firstly because the plaque rich in bacteria is very adherent to the dental structures and secondly because inside the gingival groove, adjacent to the gingival wall, forms a tissue called granulation tissue that is infiltrated with bacteria.
Thus, in order to bring a state of gingival health, it is necessary to correctly and rigorously remove the dental plaque and to remove that specific tissue in order to achieve a correct bacterial decontamination and to reduce the risk of recurrence of gingivitis. The most effective method in this regard, after performing a descaling, brushing, airflow session, ie a normal supragingival hygiene session, is to use the dental laser for a slight curettage and, especially, for its strong local bactericidal effect, but very gentle on the tissues and minimally invasive.
By using the dental laser we offer the patient the best therapy with minimal risks and the least discomfort.
What is a dental laser and how does it work?
The dental laser is an innovation in dentistry in terms of addressing dental problems by the simple fact that it offers a strong bactericidal effect, thus eliminating the main factor that causes dental caries and gum problems. Regarding the types of dental laser, the two main ones used in modern dentistry are Erbium laser si Diode laser.
Erbium wavelengths have a high affinity for hydroxyapatite and the highest water absorption of all laser tooth wavelengths. Consequently, it is the laser of choice for the treatment of hard dental tissues. In addition to hard tissue procedures, erbium lasers can also be used for soft tissue ablation because the soft tissue contains a high percentage of water.
All wavelengths of diodes are absorbed mainly by tissue pigment (melanin) and hemoglobin. On the other hand, they are less absorbed by hydroxyapatite and the water present in the enamel. Specific procedures include cosmetic reshaping of the gums, coronary elongation, discovery of teeth included for orthodontic purposes, removal of inflamed and hypertrophic tissue, phrenectomies, and photostimulation of foot-and-mouth disease.
Why is it important to treat gingivitis?
Gum disease, for the most part, is a disease caused by bacteria, which indicates that it is a problem that needs to be addressed because an increased level of bacteria in the oral cavity can cause multiple problems in the long run. Strictly periodontally, gingivitis-causing bacteria lead to chronic marginal periodontitis.
All forms of periodontitis were preceded by gingivitis and the speed with which it evolves from one form to another depends on several factors:
- The general health of the patient (local immunity which is influenced by the general one)
- Degree of local hygiene
- Vitamin deficiencies (diet)
- Genetic (there is a genetic predisposition for periodontal damage and an inheritance within the same family of bacteria incriminated in periodontitis or between life partners)
There are certain changes that occur in the dental support tissues that the patient or doctor may notice, which denotes gingivitis or the transition to periodontal disease:
- Gingival bleeding (brushing or periodontal probe inspection)
- Gingival itching (itching) or even tenderness, diffuse pain
- Halena (smells unpleasant)
- Gingival retraction and tooth sensitivity
- Faster tartar deposition
Over time, the repercussions spread to the surrounding bone and with its resorption, the supporting ligaments of the teeth are lost, so the teeth begin to be mobile and we can lose them permanently.
Why "laser gingivitis treatment"?
- Don't cut - The dental laser does not cut the gums as in the case of surgery
- Less discomfort - most patients consider the procedure comfortable enough that no anesthesia or recovery period is required
- The procedure is very fast - Laser therapy for gingivitis lasts about an hour
- Better results - We have found that laser treatment provides more predictable long-term results. In fact, 98% of patients remain stable for at least five years after this procedure
- No restrictions on diet - The dentist may recommend a soft diet for a few days, but in most cases, patients feel good enough to eat anything immediately after the procedure.
- Short recovery time - The recovery time after laser therapy is less than 24 hours. Most patients resume normal activity immediately after the procedure
- Safe for all patients - The dental laser is safe for all patients, including those with health problems such as diabetes, HIV, haemophilia or those taking medications such as aspirin or Plavix
It is important to obtain a correct and informed diagnosis and to follow an effective therapy to combat the risk of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a condition that, if properly diagnosed and treated, even among adolescents, can save the patient from laborious and costly surgery and even tooth loss in the future.
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