Safe laser treatments and preventative procedures
At Yam Dental, we are pleased to offer the service of Laser Gum Therapy and Laser Gum Surgery. In our clinic, we use the Odyssey Diode Laser and the Picasso Laser. Both are safe and patient-friendly devices that can be used to perform preventative procedures and minor gum surgeries, services that were more invasive in the past.
Why use laser for gums?
Very little discomfort during and after dental procedures
Laser Gum Therapy
For preventive procedures, the laser works by emitting a light, which is absorbed by the bacteria cells living in the deep pockets surrounding your teeth. This procedure is called Laser Gum Therapy, and results in disrupting the bacterial ‘bio-film’ which causes gum disease and deep pockets, and can lead to eventual tooth loss. By reducing the number of bacteria in the sulcus (pocket) of the gum, the tissue heals and pocket depth will be reduced.
The laser transfers the heat and light energy into microscopic spots that help to minimize inflammation. The laser clots any bleeding, which promotes faster healing and reduces infection in the area. It sanitizes the areas as it works! This procedure is virtually painless and requires no freezing.
The leading edge technology of the Diode Laser is just one more way that we’re making your visits to Yam Dental more comfortable while increasing the level of care we provide.
Laser Gum Surgery
Another use of this soft-tissue laser is for surgical procedures. The laser’s energy, at the surgical setting, can aid the dentist in performing surgeries, which result in very little or no bleeding. It removes tissue, clots it and sterilizes it at the same time as promoting faster and more comfortable healing. This is a major benefit of laser over other conventional methods of surgery, and it produces tissue that is healthier. Laser has a desensitizing effect on the tissues, and therefore, the procedures tend to be associated with minimal post-operative pain. At Yam Dental, your dentist in Newmarket, we provide laser gum surgery at no extra charge for the comfort of our valued patients.
Laser Cold Sore Treatments
The laser also promotes healing for infected or irritated tissues. The resultant healing is less complicated and often shorter when compared to traditional techniques. The laser treats and reduces inflammation, and promotes healing of cold sores and blisters. It speeds up the healing process, numbs the area, minimizes the pain and through multiple applications, can reduce the severity of outbreaks in the long run.
Contact our office at (905) 836-0836 today to see if laser dental treatments are suitable for you.
Gum Disease FAQ
What are some of the signs of gum disease?
Bleeding gums when you brush
Swollen, red or tender gums
Pus in your gums
A change in your bite
A change in the way partial dentures fit for those who wear them.
How does gum disease happen?
Healthy gums and the bone underneath hold our teeth firmly in place. Gums disease weakens the attachment between the gums and the teeth. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a clear and sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and the place where your gum and teeth meet everyday. If not removed daily with gentle brushing and flossing, the plaque hardens to form calculus, also known as tartar.
Once the calculus is formed, they are hard and not easily removed brushing and flossing. The can also lead to an infection where the gums are attached to the teeth. At this stage, your gums may be slightly red and may bleed when you brush them, but you may not notice much yet.
As gum disease progresses, little pockets of infection form at where the gums attach to your teeth. They are not visible to your eyes, but you may notice traces of blood on your toothbrush and puffy gums.
Given time, the pockets of infection breaks down the gum tissues and bones that are normally attach to the teeth. At this stage, you will notice more bleeding and swelling of your gums. If you leave these problems unattended, your teeth will become loose and you risk loosing your teeth.
To protect and keep your teeth for life, start with brushing your teeth twice a day, floss before bedtime, and see your dentist regularly for cleanings and check ups.
If gum disease is so hard to detect, how do I know if I have it?
The key to detection and treatments is to visit your dentist regularly. At Yam Dental, our dentists and hygienists look for signs of gum disease at your initial comprehensive examination and recall examinations when you come in for your six-month appointments.
Our dentists and dental hygienists may use a periodontal probe to measure where your gums attach to the teeth, and the measurements indicate if your gums are healthy.
Dental x-ray shows the amount of bone around your teeth. In early stages of gum disease, the best treatments are professional dental cleaning by your dentists and dental hygienists to remove the calculus that are built up on your teeth.
Please feel free to contact our dental office in Newmarket at (905) 836-0836 for an appointment, our friendly and approachable dentists and hygienists will gladly answer any questions you may have about gum disease.