Do your gums bleed when you brush and floss your teeth? You may be developing periodontitis. Gingivitis, also known as gum inflammation, and periodontitis, also known as gum disease, are conditions that can lead to bone loss. However, Dr. Ratti Handa offers laser dentistry treatment for gums in Acton, MA. Often used along with other surgical and non-surgical treatments, laser dentistry is a safe way for patients to treat gum inflammation and disease.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry in Acton
Patients who undergo laser dentistry treatments receive multiple benefits. Laser dentistry is a general dental treatment that:
- Does not require sutures
- Sterilizes gums
- Does not damage the teeth or gums
- Prevents blood loss during treatment
- Is safe for patients
Periodontics in Acton
Using the latest technology, Dr. Handa and her dental team are able to treat patients comprehensively in a comfortable manner. Learn about the treatments offered in Dr. Handa’s office:
Non-surgical periodontal treatment can be useful for some patients. Root planing is a treatment that consists of cleaning and smoothing out the root surfaces so gum tissue can attach more firmly to the root. Planing can help reduce tooth and gum sensitivity as well as prevent tooth loss.
Scaling involves the removal of plaque and calculus from deep periodontal pockets. We can use soft and hard tissue lasers to remove infected gum tissue around a tooth. This will support the regeneration of healthy gum tissue.
Periodontal surgery becomes necessary when the tissue around your teeth has eroded severely. At this stage, non-surgical treatments are not enough to repair it. In these severe cases, you may need a tooth extraction. Patients who have already lost one or more teeth can benefit from dental implants to restore their smile.
Frenectomies for children & adults
Dr. Handa uses a dental laser to perform a frenectomy, the procedure for releasing a tongue tie or lip tie. We can treat tongue or lip ties in patients of all ages, including infants. A non-surgical procedure completed with only a local anesthetic, a frenectomy using a dental laser is safe and effective for children and adults.
Laser Dentistry FAQs
Is laser dental surgery painful?
Laser dentistry is a pain-free innovation in dentistry. Dentists are able to perform a wide range of procedures using lasers. They allow for precision, and patients report little to no pain after a laser procedure.
Can a dental laser remove old filling?
Your dentist can use dental lasers to remove old fillings. This gives your dentist extreme precision and gives the patient a comfortable pain-free procedure. However, they generally only use dental lasers to remove white fillings.
How safe is laser dentistry?
There is very little risk with laser dental procedures. Studies have shown the lasers to be safe to use under the correct power levels. The training your dentists has to use these tools ensures that the risk is very small.
What does laser dentistry feel like?
Laser dentistry is completely painless. Some patients report feeling some pressure or warmth against their gums, however anesthetic or numbing cream ensures that you feel nothing at all.
Can laser damage teeth?
Lasers can damage gum tissue or tooth pulp, however this is extremely rare. These medical devices are safe and effective for a variety of treatments that include gum disease and plaque removal. Dental lasers allow us to work with extreme precision, so it is abnormal for them to cause any damage during laser treatment.
How long does it take for gums to heal after a laser treatment?
Gums may be slightly sensitive for a week or two. This is entirely normal with the procedure. After exposing gums to ultraviolet light, they will become tender and temporarily sensitive. However, this will subside on a couple of days after your procedure.
Request A Dental Exam Today
Fight off gum infection. Call our Acton, MA office today for periodontal and laser dentistry treatment at 978.212.3783. You may also schedule a consultation with Dr. Handa and her team on our website. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about periodontics. We will be happy to discuss the best options for restoring your smile to optimum functioning and beauty.