Gum Problems and Lasers
Lasers have an ever-growing place in all kinds of medical procedures, from making surgical incisions to eviscerating diseased tissue. They even have a role in aesthetic treatments for encouraging the body to produce new amounts of the skin supporting protein known as collagen.
Dentistry is no different. At Kalil & Kress, we use our diode laser for many treatments, from cavity preparation to reducing pain in cold sores. But we find them among the most useful when dealing with various gum problems.
What is the diode laser?
The word laser has become so commonplace that the original spelling LASER has become laser. The original capitalized version was used because the word is an acronym. Laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Different lasers are categorized by the wavelength of the energy they produce.
Drs. Kalil and Kress use the diode laser, whose wavelength is ideally suited for soft tissue procedures since it is highly absorbed by hemoglobin and melanin. This gives the diode laser the ability to precisely cut, coagulate, ablate, or vaporize targeted soft tissue.
Uses of the diode laser
When the gums become inflamed or infected, tissue can need to be trimmed back. This is called a gingivectomy.
Root planing and scaling are done when the gums have either started to pull away from the teeth or the roots of the teeth have hard mineral deposits, tartar, on them. Root planing and scaling cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots.
While this was formerly done with dental picks (and sometimes still is), now we usually perform these procedures with a diode laser.
A gingivectomy removes and reshapes loose, diseased gum tissue to get rid of the pockets that have formed between the teeth and the gums. The laser removes any loose tissue, while simultaneously causing hemostasis (stopping the flow of blood). The laser eliminates the former problems of unruly soft tissue and blood when performing a gingivectomy.
In root planing and scaling, the laser not only makes for easier recovery for our patients, but also reduces bacteria normally involved in the procedure. This makes the procedure safer and more comfortable.
At Kalil & Kress, we pride ourselves on staying at the forefront of dental technology. Using our diode lasers for gum procedures is just one example.
Is it time for your regular exam and cleaning? Call us at (603) 880-7004 to make your appointment.