Besides tooth decay, there’s another threat to your smile. Gum disease is a preventable infection caused by bacteria found in plaque and tartar buildup. Although it can be avoided with the right oral hygiene habits at home and regular care from your dentist, nearly 75-80% of adults around the world have some form of gum disease. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and even increase a person’s risk of developing other serious diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and dementia. At Dentistry At Suwanee, we can restore a healthy smile with laser dentistry.
To make sure this global problem isn’t an issue for our patients, we utilize the LANAP® Laser. This tool uses a highly focused beam of light to kill harmful bacteria located along the gum line while painlessly removing infected tissue. The entire process is minimally invasive, and thanks to the laser’s precision, it’s able to do all of this without affecting any of the surrounding healthy tissue, creating a better overall patient experience.
The laser eliminates the need for a scalpel and sutures, making the procedure less invasive. As a result, the recovery process is virtually pain-free. Your gums might be a bit tender for a few days, so it’s best to stick to a soft diet. You don’t want to eat anything that’s overly hard or has sharp edges, like chips. It’s also best to avoid anything that’s acidic, spicy, or hot.
You’ll also need to take the time to maintain your oral hygiene. We’ll explain how to care for your teeth and gums to avoid causing any irritation to the healing tissue. Within a week or two, your gums will be healed, and you can enjoy a healthy smile again.
When compared to traditional treatments for gum disease, laser dentistry offers various benefits, including:
Lasers hold a commonplace in dentistry. As a result, many dental insurance carriers will cover a portion of the cost, depending on why it’s needed, such as to treat gum disease. There isn’t a set cost for the amount you can expect to pay because the fee is determined by your specific treatment plan.
We’ll provide you with a personalized estimate during your initial consultation, and discuss your payment options, like using your dental insurance. A member of our team will file the necessary forms to lower the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We accept several payment options for any remaining balance. Besides traditional methods, we also accept third-party financing. We will help you find the solutions you need to benefit from the latest technologies to restore a healthy smile.
If your gums are red, swollen, tender, or bleed often, you may already be dealing with gum disease. Don’t wait to get treatment—contact us today, and we’ll take care of it before it can do any real damage.