SCALING AND ROOT PLANING
Periodontal Therapy in Princeton, NJ
In the past, having gum disease usually meant scheduling a series of “deep cleanings” (periodontal scaling and root planing) to remove calcified and soft bacterial debris from the surfaces of your tooth roots below the gumlines. This created a clean environment that facilitated healing and re-attachment, halting the infection and preventing it from spreading.
However, traditional gum treatments like deep cleanings only work when the areas are thoroughly cleaned each day (which can be difficult if the pockets are deep.) Swelling and bleeding are also common. Today thanks to laser bacterial reduction (LBR) we’re able to incorporate soft tissue laser treatments on top of conventional deep cleanings to speed recovery and healing in the most dramatic manner possible.
During laser gum treatments, the light power works to decontaminate the soft tissues inside of your gum pockets as well as any bacteria still present on the tooth surfaces. The amazing thing is that during this treatment, healthy tissues are left entirely in tact while only the diseased ones are destroyed.
Patients who get laser gum disease treatments in Princeton, NJ tend to see:
- Faster healing
- Less bleeding
- Less swelling
- Improved tissue reattachment
If given a choice between gum disease treatment with or without a laser, choosing laser therapy will significantly improve your overall results. And when it comes to battling tooth loss and improving your overall health, laser periodontal treatments are exceptionally more effective.
Get Screened for Periodontal Disease
How can you know whether or not you have active gum disease? Let our Princeton, NJ dentist know if you’re exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
- Swollen gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
- Red, puffy gums
- Gum tissue that is receding/pulling away from the teeth
- Food getting caught between teeth or under your gums during meals
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Tooth mobility and loss
If you smoke or use tobacco products, you may not experience any of these symptoms until periodontitis is more advanced. Be sure to make regular checkups at least twice a year to identify the warning signs as early as possible.
Left untreated, gum disease is more of a risk than just causing missing teeth. It can increase inflammation throughout your body and suppress your immune system, making it more difficult to overcome other underlying health issues. In fact, the more aggressive your gum disease is, the higher the risk or more aggressive case you have of health issues like: diabetes, pneumonia, preeclampsia, low birth weight in babies, stroke, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, infertility, and others.
Eliminating the bacteria inside of your mouth can prevent it from spreading directly into your cardiovascular system, lodging elsewhere in your body. With dental lasers, this process is more effective and successful.
Protecting Your Smile Against Tooth Loss
Incorporating dental lasers allows us to better serve the needs of our Princeton, NJ patients combat gum disease. When it comes to treating your periodontitis and promoting the healthiest tissue possible, laser therapy is second to none.
If you’re experiencing signs of gum disease or have struggled with tooth loss in the past, we encourage you to visit Canal Vista Family Dental to learn more about our gum disease treatments in Princeton, NJ. After your exam and X-rays are evaluated, we’ll be able to share our findings with you to determine if periodontal or laser therapy can help you have the healthiest smile possible.
Call us today or schedule your appointment online.