Gum disease affects a startling 80% of the population and is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults. In the later stages of gum disease, the soft tissue is severely damaged and the jawbone begins to deteriorate, which all leads to tooth loss.
How Does Dr. Dixson Treat Gum Disease?
Bleeding or swollen, tender gums may be indicators that you are in the early stages of gum disease. If we catch it early enough, we may recommend a deep cleaning to halt the progress of the disease. Dr. Dixson may also use a soft-tissue laser to gently remove the bacteria and gum disease hiding in the infected areas, thereby restoring health to your gums.
Soft-tissue laser therapy carries many advantages for patients with gum disease. The intense heat of the laser cauterizes the infected area as it destroys bacteria and damaged tissue. The treatment is effective and non-invasive.
A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. When laser light comes in contact with tissue, it causes a reaction. The light produced by the laser can remove or shape tissue. Benefits of Laser Therapy:
reduce the discomfort of canker sores and fever blisters
manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures.
remove overgrown tissues caused by certain medications.
perform biopsy procedures
remove inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease.
remove or reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures.