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Using Laser Dentistry for Common Oral Ailments

By pamelali, in Articles, on September 21, 2011 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Using lasers for various types of surgical procedures has not only made them safer, but has also greatly reduced recovery time.
Dental professionals can improve the look of your smile or treat gum disease using a laser, which is much less invasive than traditional periodontal surgery.

Cosmetic Gum Surgery
Some people have too much gum tissue or their gums may be uneven. Either way, Ottawa cosmetic dentistry provider Dr. Pamela Li says a laser gum re-contouring procedure can make a world of difference.

“Gummy” smiles are caused by an overgrowth of gum tissue or bone tissue, which dominates the mouth, making the teeth appear almost secondary in appearance. This can be due to heredity, improper development or caused by certain health problems or medications.

“Gum re-contouring is one of the most underutilized procedures for cosmetic treatments, yet it is an effective way to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted,” said family dentistry Ottawa professional, Dr. Li. “Gum re-contouring using a diode laser is straightforward and completed in one visit, with minimal discomfort.”

The term laser in Odyssey Diode laser stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, which means it is a device that produces and amplifies light. The wavelengths of the light produced will determine what types of tissues can be modified by the light’s energy. The diode laser is used to raise and even out the gum line, exposing more of the tooth and revealing a more aesthetically balanced smile.
After a local anesthetic is applied to the gums, your general dentist will remove the extra gum tissue. Then, your dentist will use the laser to reshape the edges of your gums that form a smile. The laser vaporizes unwanted tissue, sealing blood vessels and nerve endings for minimal cutting and bleeding. Gum contouring with the diode laser only takes about 15 to 30 minutes if only a small quantity of tissue needs to be removed.
“Gum contouring can be performed by itself or in conjunction with other procedures, such as porcelain veneers as part of a smile makeover,” said Dr. Li.  ”Gums frame the teeth and are an important part of the overall smile design.”

Laser Treatment for Periodontal Disease
The diode laser is also used as an important tool in the treatment of periodontal disease, as the laser is well absorbed by melanin and hemoglobin. The laser energy transmitted through a thin fiber can easily penetrate into deep periodontal pockets to deliver its therapeutic effects.
“Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease caused by a bacteria infection,” said Dr. Li. “The light energy in the laser helps decrease inflammation and increase healing.”
Previous treatments for periodontal disease required Dr. Li to cut into the patient’s gum and peel them back from the teeth so that teeth could be scraped clean of plaque. Then she would fold the gum back down and suture it so it could heal.
“The pain after this procedure is intense and uncomfortable,” she said.

The major advantage of the laser versus the scalpel includes bloodless operation, minimal swelling and scarring, and much less or no post surgical pain.
Tartar is removed from the root surfaces of the patient’s teeth using small instruments and an ultrasonic scalar. The laser gently removes the diseased tissue and also reduces the related bacteria in the area.
“When patients are told they have periodontal disease, they imagine painful and expensive surgery,” said Dr. Li. “It doesn’t have to be that way. There are many treatment options available that minimize discomfort and recovery time. However, do not take this diagnosis lightly, as it can have serious effects.”
The early stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, resulting in plaque buildup, which can cause the gums to be red and inflamed. The most common sign is bleeding during brushing and flossing.

If the gingivitis is not treated and reversed, it becomes periodontitis- a more serious gum disease that can lead to tooth loss.
Gum disease puts patients at a major risk of cardiovascular disease, including stroke and heart attack. Patients with diabetes are at a greater risk of developing gum disease and, therefore, must be extra careful with their oral health.
“It is more important than ever to maintain routine dental visits.” Dr. Li said. “Taking certain medications, bad oral habits, smoking and a family history of gum disease can be risk factors as well. Patients should come in for a cleaning more than twice a year to stay on top of the problem. Neglecting the diagnosis could lead to serious illness and even death in some cases.”

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