Patients with severe periodontal disease often require a scaling and root planing procedure, which serves to remove the bacteria that are harming the teeth and gums and encourage the tissue to heal for more effective at-home oral care. Although this process can be performed manually, using instruments to clean the teeth, technological advances have resulted in the development of laser procedures that work more quickly and comfortably. Read on to learn how the BIOLASE Waterlase device can help your cosmetic dentist treat periodontal disease:
1. Removal of Infected Tissue
Advanced periodontal disease often results in bacteria-filled pockets that form between the teeth and gums. In order to prevent dental deterioration and enable the gums to heal, the bacteria and inflamed tissue must be broken down and removed. While dentists traditionally accomplish this task by using sharp instruments, the Waterlase laser makes this step faster and less invasive. The laser light kills the bacteria it touches, thereby quickly and effectively sterilizing periodontal pockets.
2. Scaling of Tartar and Plaque
In order to ensure that bacteria are fully removed from pockets, the surface of teeth both above and below the gum line are “scaled,” or scraped free of built-up tartar. Using the Waterlase device, your cosmetic dentist can avoid disturbing your gums and finish this portion of the procedure with minimal discomfort to you.
3. Planing of Root Surfaces
To prevent the recurrence of plaque buildup and facilitate the adherence of gum tissue to the teeth, the affected roots are smoothed in a process known as “planing.” The Waterlase laser can be used during this step as well, precisely targeting the enamel while avoiding damage to nearby structures.
Find out whether periodontal therapy using Waterlase is right for you by calling The Smile Design Center of Baltimore at (443) 275-9821. We help our patients smile confidently by using the latest techniques to provide effective and comfortable dental care.