Gingivitis also commonly known as gum inflammation is a type of gum disease that causes irritation, redness, and inflammation of the gums. This diseases may not appear serious at first, but if left untreated it can result to serious effects such as tooth loss and other serious infections. It is for this reason to treat gingivitis the moment its symptoms are noticed. As opposed to other common treatments of gingivitis, laser treatment for gingivitis has been proven to be most effective and dentists are endorsing it.
A brief description of the Laser treatment for gingivitis
Laser treatment for gingivitis is an advanced gum disease treatment procedure that is the most effective for the treatment of gingivitis. This is an effective form of treatment that is used to save tooth loss and also remove harmful bacteria and affected tissue from the pocket of the gums.
Candidates for laser gum treatment
To begin with, it is important to know who is the right candidate for laser gum treatment. Patients with gingivitis are classified into four classes. The first class, or superficial gingivitis results to swollen gums, but the swelling of the gum pockets is below 5mm and therefore patients with superficial gingivitis don’t need laser treatment. Classes two to four, however, have deeper and more swollen gum pockets with more than 5mm of swelling. This means that their teeth have little bone support and are likely to be lost and hence require laser treatment.
Gingivitis laser treatment procedure
When initiating treatment, a periodontal probe is used to test the extent of pocket depth. After the pocket depth is determined, laser light is directed at the affected area and is used to remove bacteria and the affected tissue.
After removing bacteria and the affected tissue, doctors use special hand instruments and an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque and tartar deposits from the teeth and root surface. This procedure helps to reduce the inflammation which makes the gum pockets shrink. A laser is again used to further clean the affected gum pocket as well as seal it so as to prevent new germs from reentering.
After thoroughly cleaning and sealing the gum pockets, Bite trauma is adjusted whereby the patient’s teeth are set evenly for balanced bitting which as a result reduces trauma to teeth and protects the jaw joints from excessive force during bitting.
Finally, the healing process starts whereby it is expected to take the least time since the gum pockets are now free of bacteria, the affected tissue was removed and the inflammation is reduced.