Gum Disease Laser Therapy
Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease, and it’s the primary cause of tooth loss in most adults. In the past, if gum disease therapies weren’t successful, patients were referred by their dentist to a specialist for gum surgery. Thanks to advancements in dental technology, Dr. Timmerman is able to offer a non-invasive, therapeutic approach to treating gum disease: the dental laser.
Laser Therapy for Gum Disease in Seattle
The dental laser has many uses for your smile, all of which are minimally invasive and very comfortable to complete. When used for gum disease, the laser helps eliminate active bacteria from the deep pockets under your gum tissue – the area where gum disease and bone loss starts. This process also speeds up the healing of the diseased tissue surrounding the areas, so that infection can be halted.
What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
How do you know if you have active gum disease? Many people experience symptoms but don’t realize that there is anything wrong with their mouth. Patients will gum disease will exhibit signs such as:
- Gum recession / “long” teeth
- Tartar buildup and stain
- Bad breath
- Tooth mobility and bone loss
- Bleeding, swollen gums
- Deep “pockets” under the gums
Other patients, such as those who smoke, may not see classic symptoms of gum disease at all. This is why routine gum disease screenings are important! Dr. Timmerman performs a comprehensive gum disease screening at each check-up to prevent bone loss from damaging your smile.
Preventing Tooth Loss
Dr. Lance Timmerman offers comprehensive periodontal therapy for patients in all stages of gum disease.Laser treatments are very comfortable and also lessen the amount of discomfort that patients sometimes experience. When combined with periodontal therapies like deep cleanings or locally placed antibiotics, laser therapy is one of the best ways to stop gum disease from destroying your smile.
—Dr. Lance Timmerman