Elegant Smiles of Matawan
Shalin Jani, DMD
Dentistry located in Matawan, NJ
Bleeding or swollen gums are not only unsightly, but they are a sign of gum disease. Shalin Jani, DMD, offers laser gum treatment for gum disease at Elegant Smiles of Matawan in Matawan, New Jersey. To schedule a dental cleaning and oral exam and find out if you have gum disease, use the online booking tool or call the practice today.
Laser Gum Surgery Q & A
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection in the tissue that supports and holds your teeth in position. Gum disease can affect people of any age but mostly affects adults in their 30s and 40s. Gum disease may be caused by:
- Diabetes and other chronic illness
- Inadequate oral hygiene
- Genetic susceptibility
How is gum disease treated?
Periodontal disease treatment may involve non-surgical methods that clean the tooth’s root or gum flap surgery. Your provider uses laser gum surgery to clean out gums and treat periodontal disease because it is less invasive than traditional surgery using a scalpel as well as less painful.
What is laser gum surgery?
Laser gum surgery is a procedure that removes inflamed and infected gum tissue from around the root of a tooth. Exposing the tooth root allows your provider to scrape plaque build up and any rough spots from below the gumline to prevent the attraction of bacteria and future infections. Once the plaque and infection are removed, the area between the tooth’s root and the gum can regenerate during the healing process.
Using lasers to treat gum disease offers several benefits over traditional periodontal disease treatments, including:
- No general anesthetic required
- Improved targeting of diseased areas
- Limited pain, bleeding, and swelling
- Shorter healing and recovery time
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Because gum disease doesn’t always cause pain or obvious symptoms, it’s important to watch for the following signs of gum disease:
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Swollen or red gums
- Bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus around the gums and teeth
Call the practice or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment if you experience any of the signs of gum disease.
How is gum disease prevented?
Because gum disease is primarily a result of poor oral hygiene, the best way to prevent gum disease is by:
- Scheduling bi-annual cleanings and checkups with the dentist
- Brushing and flossing twice daily
- Using antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste
To schedule a cleaning and dental checkup and determine if you need laser gum surgery for the treatment of gum disease, use the online booking tool or call for an appointment.