- On August 15, 2016
Each and every day, bacteria interact with the things we eat, especially sugars. When bacteria feed on the chemicals in our foods, they multiply and create a residue on teeth called biofilm. Most people disrupt this biofilm by brushing two times a day.
It’s relatively easy to remove biofilm, if done soon after it begins to form. Left undisturbed, it will soon attract many more bacteria, becoming the yellowish film known as dental plaque. At this stage, bacteria are much more likely to migrate along the root structures of the teeth.
Periodontitis – gum disease – occurs when bacteria form hardened tartar and irritate the gum line. The sensitive tissue of the gums responds with inflammation.
Left unchecked, periodontitis has many serious consequences:
- Pain and discoloration of the gum tissue as its structures and blood flow are disrupted
- Damage to the gum tissue that can cause lesions or even create holes within the gums
- Pain and potential infection in the roots, pulp, and other internal structures of teeth
- Permanent degradation and destruction of underlying bone on which teeth depend
Anyone can get gum disease, though some factors increase risk. Smoking, certain illnesses, and even some medications contribute to it. The most serious risk factor, however, is poor dental hygiene.
Laser Dentistry Offers New Alternatives for Periodontal Health Treatments
Gum disease can be arrested quickly if prompt, effective treatment targets the source of the issue – dangerous biofilm on tooth root surfaces. Once this is removed and full disinfection has taken place, affected tissue can often heal on its own. Further intervention is not usually necessary unless the disease has progressed to damage bone.
The disruption of plaque from vulnerable root surfaces – called root debridement – was once done almost exclusively with hand tools. Many patients found this uncomfortable or worrisome, creating a greater danger that they would not seek treatment in time.
Now, laser dentistry offers a powerful and comfortable alternative.
Medical lasers have a number of advantages over traditional hand tools. Besides being far more comfortable to the patient, they can also be used much more quickly and with a higher degree of accuracy. They disrupt the target biofilm and pockets of hard-to-reach bacteria under the gum surface.
Laser dentistry can also be used to excise diseased tissue. Advantages include:
- The procedure is performed without general anesthetic, making it convenient for patients
- Lasers can focus on diseased tissue in an ultra-precise way impossible with other tools
- Surgical complications such as bleeding and swelling are kept to an absolute minimum
- As a result of all of the above, recovery from the procedure is both faster and easier
Dr. David Brumbaugh, D.D.S.
Overall, Dallas laser dentistry is still in its infancy. Many dental practices don’t offer laser tools for any procedure. That said, finding a laser dentist in Dallas is worth the effort: In both comfort and peace of mind, laser dentistry is far superior to any other method.
Dr. David Brumbaugh, D.D.S., is an acclaimed expert in general, cosmetic, restorative, and laser dentistry. A native of Fort Worth and a skilled periodontist, he and his team work tirelessly to provide our community with excellent dental care.
To learn more or set an appointment, call (219) 945-8708.