If you have periodontal disease, you know how dangerous plaque buildup can be: if left under the gums, plaque provides an ideal host for bacteria. Because of the damage bacteria can cause to teeth and gums as well as the link between gum disease and chronic inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, etc., the removal of this buildup is critical.
Soft-Tissue Lasers vs. Traditional Treatment
Traditionally, scraping the tooth surface with hand instruments was the only method of removing plaque and tartar buildup and bacterial toxins. While effective, scaling and root planning can be a time-consuming and uncomfortable process. With a soft-tissue laser, you’ll receive the same results but in less time and with more comfort. Dental lasers are a safe, accurate tool that, when used in combination with good home hygiene habits, can reduce bone loss and restore gum health.
A dental laser uses a highly concentrated light source to target infected gum tissue while preserving the surrounding healthy tissue. We also use an ultrasonic scaler, which uses focused sound waves to remove plaque, tartar, and bacterial buildup. The combination of ultrasonic scalers and soft-tissue lasers allow treatment of plaque and biofilm on the tooth surface and surrounding soft-tissue deep beneath the gumline at a microscopic level, which greatly increases the chances of successful treatment and reduction in inflammation.
What to Expect
Before Dr. Olson begins your laser procedure, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, removing any tartar in an effort to make the tissue as healthy as possible. During your treatment, Dr. Olson uses the laser to find any diseased tissue under the gumline. The laser kills pathogens (the bacteria causing the disease) without harming the good cells. The entire procedure is virtually painless, but we do provide numerous sedation and anesthetic options to ensure your maximum comfort.
To discuss your periodontal health with Dr. Olson or a member of our team, please feel free to contact our Eau Claire office and schedule an appointment.