Our Solea Laser Helps Comfortably Treat Gum Disease
What Is Solea Laser Therapy?
At WeDental in Lynnwood, WA, we use a Solea laser for laser therapy. The CDC released a report stating that nearly half of American adults have some form of gum disease, and 70% of Americans over the age of 65 have gum disease. We’re dedicated to controlling and eradicating gum disease in our patients.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Infection and inflammation that affect the tissues and supporting bone of your teeth are known as periodontal disease, some people call it gum disease or “pyorrhea.” Proper periodontal treatment and maintenance are crucial to retaining your teeth. Gum tissue can react by becoming inflamed and red, or receding and exposing root surfaces.
Symptoms are not always obvious and pain may not be a problem. If the periodontal disease progresses and is not treated, supporting bone may be lost causing teeth to shift, loosen and eventually fall out. When this happens, it affects eating, speaking, and your overall health. Appearance may be affected also.
Periodontal disease is an ongoing infection of the gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease can progress slowly in some patients and very quickly in others. Periodontal disease affects one or more of the periodontal tissues: alveolar bone, periodontal ligaments, cementum, or gingiva (gums). The initial stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and it is typically easier to treat, especially in the early stages. Gingivitis that is not treated will most generally progress to the more serious “periodontitis” if not treated.
Modern Laser Therapy Effectively Treats Gum Disease
Gum disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and the bones that support our teeth. Gum disease has also been found, in some studies, to increase the likelihood of several serious diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease. Modern dentistry has found that lasers can be very effective in treating gum disease.
How Solea Laser Therapy Works
Solea uses computer-controlled laser technology to target hard and soft tissues in the mouth (e.g. teeth and gums) and smoothly, quickly, and safely vaporize diseased tissue. Laser therapy can be used in several different ways:
- It can be used to remove diseased tissue from around and between teeth.
- When someone has gum disease, there is a buildup of tartar and minerals around the roots of the teeth. Lasers may be used to remove this buildup and help clean out the gum pockets.
- Lasers can be used in conjunction with traditional methods such as scaling to remove the diseased gum and bacteria from around teeth.
What Are the Advantages of Laser Therapy?
- Less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort than with drills.
- Only local anesthesia is used, which means you can drive yourself home from treatment.
- Your mouth will heal more quickly because the treatment is much less traumatic to the tissues. There is no cutting or stitches involved.
- Some lasers have been found to promote and quicken the regeneration process of the gums and affected bones.
Solea laser dentistry is also great for young patients because it’s faster and there aren’t any drills involved. Kids can go right back to school or have lunch after an appointment because they won’t leave feeling numb. Most patients report only feeling a mild sensation of cold during the procedure.
Find Out if You could Benefit from Solea Laser Dentistry
Let’s visit about how we can help you take care of gum disease. Call us for a consultation at 425-773-4909 or send us an email. You can learn more about our practice by checking out our business page, and make sure to check the map for directions before you head our way.