Gum Disease Treatment Cherry Hill

Preserving Smiles with Effective Gum Disease Treatment

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Gum disease can lead to the deterioration of your smile, especially when left untreated. Dr. Kessy Lee offers multiple treatment methods to not only reverse the early effects of the condition, but also improve the health of the foundation of the smile to prevent permanent damage, like tooth loss. Using our safe and precise dental laser, along with traditional methods, our team can help preserve the health of your teeth and gums. Call our dental office today to learn more about our cutting-edge methods of gum disease treatment in Cherry Hill.

Why Choose Kingston Family Cosmetic Dental Center for Gum Disease Treatment?

  • Reduce Discomfort & Recovery Time with Laser Therapy
  • Taking a Whole-Body, Conservative Approach to Care
  • Multiple Dental Sedation Methods Offered

What Is Gum Disease?

Close up of person pointing to red spot in their gums

Gum disease is an infection of the gums which begins as plaque and hardens to form tartar. The tartar harbors bacteria which have a negative effect on the soft tissue around the gums. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can include swollen gums, bleeding, and bad breath. Gingivitis becomes periodontitis if left untreated, and this is a severe infection that destroys the gums, bones and teeth. Periodontitis often results in teeth falling out if it is left untreated, which is very scary. Gum disease is also linked to other health issues like strokes and diabetes. If you are in any stage of gingivitis or periodontitis, timely treatment is essential to maintaining good oral and overall health.

Scaling & Root Planing

Illustrated dental scaler cleaning plaque buildup from teeth

Scaling and root planing is a two-step process that typically takes place over the course of two appointments with Dr. Lee. First, our team will thoroughly clear away all plaque and tartar accumulation, minimizing the prevalence of harmful oral bacteria within the pockets and surrounding the gums. Then, Dr. Lee will clear away hardened pockets of bacteria from the roots of the teeth, helping the gums healthily reattach to them to protect the vulnerable structures below the gumline.

Laser Periodontal Therapy

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Laser periodontal therapy gets rid of the infection and acts to close up the pockets between the gum and teeth. As an added plus, it’s much less invasive than traditional gum disease surgery. First, Dr. Lee will administer a local anesthetic to the treatment area to ensure you remain completely numb throughout the process. Then, we’ll use the laser to clear away diseased gum tissue, kill harmful oral bacteria, and help stimulate the reattachment of tissue to the teeth to protect the roots. The best part is, this treatment takes place without the use of a scalpel or sutures, and post-operative discomfort is incredibly minor.

Benefits of Laser Periodontal Therapy

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Laser periodontal therapy can help minimize the impact of periodontitis and gingivitis and improves overall dental health. The procedure is less traumatic than traditional gum surgery, is highly effective, takes less time, has a shorter recovery period, and allows patients to enjoy lasting results.

Lasers are revolutionizing the dental and medical world. The American Dental Association’s (ADA) and the American Academy of Periodontology’s (AAP) recommend laser periodontal therapy for treating gum disease.

How Long Does Laser Periodontal Therapy Take?

Dental patient receiving laser periodontal therapy

Dr. Lee will discuss if laser periodontal therapy can work for you in one office visit or if it will take multiple visits, depending on the severity of your periodontal disease. This is one type of infection you do not want to delay treating, especially considering how quick and painless laser periodontal therapy is!

How Does TwinLight® Peri-Implantitis Treatment Work?

Illustrated dental instrument treating gum disease near a dental implant

Er:YAG laser is used to remove microbial composition and to treat the damaged alveolar bone around a dental implant. It is suitable both for peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis treatment, in which case the Nd:YAG laser is also used for bacterial reduction and biostimulation, as well as for more extensive treatments that require surgical therapy.

An exceptionally high regenerative rate of alveolar bone is achieved after TwinLight® treatment of the implant surface and the bony implant site.

The Advantages of Using TwinLight®

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TwinLight® is one of the most effective methods of peri-implantitis treatment, successfully meeting the objectives of controlling infection through decontamination of peri-implant tissues and arresting disease progression.

Removal of granulation tissue from the alveolar bone and connective tissue with Er:YAG laser is selective. The bactericidal effect of Er:YAG on the surgical site is highly effective and the implant surface is completely cleaned without chemicals.

The following Nd:YAG treatment step promotes faster healing by decontaminating and biostimulating the tissue. Inflammation, swelling, and bleeding of soft-tissue lesions, which may lead to bone loss, can be handled without surgery, and healthy peri-implant tissue assures greater long-term implant success.