While having a healthy smile that you’re proud to show off is important to all of us at the practice, it won’t matter if you don’t also have healthy gums. The gums are a crucial part of any smile, and infected gums only put your teeth and overall health at risk, not just your oral health. With gum disease treatment from Dr. Arakelian, you can prevent tooth loss, periodontitis, and a whole list of other underlying conditions indirectly connected to gum disease.
When gum disease has advanced past the gingivitis stage, it can no longer only be treated with a simple cleaning and improved at-home care. Scaling and root planing is necessary for stopping advanced gum disease because plaque and tartar have reached beneath the gum line. To remove this material, scaling is performed using our state-of-the-art soft tissue laser. Root planing is intended to help the roots reattach to the teeth after they’ve receded. Scaling and root planing are done every three to four months at a time.
If the idea of having metal tools used to clean your teeth makes you too nervous to visit the dentist’s office, you’ll find the soft tissue laser to be a life-changing piece of technology. Through the use of high-powered light waves, we can clear away infected gum tissue easily, more precisely, and more efficiently than ever before. Not only that, but soft tissue lasers actually cauterize gum tissue immediately after contact, resulting in faster healing times and less discomfort during aftercare.