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Gingivectomy; non-invasive laser gum treatment

According to the American Dental Association nearly 47.2 percent of Americans over 30 have some form of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). Patients who were diagnosed with gum disease will most likely lose their teeth if left untreated. A gingivectomy and a deep teeth cleaning may be performed to heal the effects of periodontal disease or to correct a gum condition involving the structures around the teeth. It is few  of many procedures that can help reverse periodontal issues. In this blog you may find a possible treatment option to return your smile and gums to tip-top shape with Affordable Dentistry hygienist and periodontist in Hollywood.

What is periodontal disease and how does it develop?

Before going into details about gum disease and its treatment, we would like to walk you through the reasons you may require gingivectomy. Periodontal disease begins with bacteria present in the mouth attaching to the teeth. The bacteria collect and multiply, forming a biofilm called plaque. If plaque is left on the teeth, the adjacent gingival tissues can become inflamed, resulting in the development of gingivitis, an early form of gum disease. Daily flossing and twice-daily brushing with a toothpaste that fights bacteria can help prevent gingivitis. Plaque and food debris are removed by a dental hygienist. The surface of the teeth are cleaned and bacterial plaque is eliminated at the gum line of the teeth. However, if plaque and food debris are not removed and periodontal maintenance teeth cleanings are not followed, then gingivitis will get worse and the gum tissue can become more inflamed. Gums may bleed, the area between the tooth and gum tissue can become deepened to form a periodontal pocket and periodontal disease can develop again. 

A periodontal pocket develops as the plaque bacteria continues to accumulate and moves below the gum line. Regular brushing and losing will not be effective once your gum reach this point. Home care will be completely useless and ineffective to get rid of dental plaque. If it is left untreated the biofilm will continue to spread below the gum line which will strat an infection spread out inside the periodontal pocket. Advanced periodontal disease can affect the roots of the teeth at this stage and they can become infected as well. The teeth may become loose and uncomfortable and the patient will require gum surgery. You periodontist in Hollywood may advise that you need a gingivectomy.

What is laser gum surgery? 

We perform a non-invasive laser gum treatment in a Hollywood location that does not require stitches unlike the traditional gum surgery. Laser gum therapy is absolutely pain-free procedure, but we do use local anesthesia to keep our patients comfortable. Gingivectomy can also be performed for cosmetic reasons, such as gummy smile.

If you have more questions regarding laser gum treatment, please do not hesitate to call our office at (954) 534-9181.



10 april 2022, 12:35

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