Gum disease affects millions of people. While scaling and root planing helps to alleviate symptoms of gum disease by removing plaque and tartar buildup below the gum line, bacteria continues to damage gums on the microscopic level, a place that is out of reach. Laser bacterial reduction, however, eliminates infection that has gotten out of control while promoting the body’s natural healing process.
What is Laser Bacterial Reduction?
Many dentists use laser bacterial reduction (LBR) to decrease the amount of bacteria that cause gums to become inflamed. The tool used in LBR is a photo-thermal device that produces bacteria-killing light to drastically lower the concentration of pathogens in a given area.
While unable to treat gingivitis alone, paired with scaling and root planing treatment, LBR can increase a person’s ability to recover from periodontal disease and decrease the chances of reoccurring infection.
Risks of Periodontal Disease
Patients suffering from gum disease or advanced cases of periodontal disease are at greater risks for systemic health issues, such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Periodontal infection begins with bacteria that build up colonies on the surface of teeth called biofilms. These biofilms can host millions of dangerous pathogens that make their way into the blood stream through pockets between teeth and gums.
Patient may experience the development of this biofilm after failing to brush only one day. While brushing and flossing control the amount of biofilm in a healthy individual, a person who’s been medically compromised by periodontal disease is at greater risk for developing complications from this bacteria.
Dental soft tissue lasers allow dentists to target colonies of bacteria that cause inflammation and damage health, eliminating pathogens before they can develop into serious periodontal problems.
While laser bacterial reduction works exceptionally well with other treatments, this shouldn’t be the sole option for patients looking to treat periodontal disease. LBR is supplemental to other treatments, like scaling and root planing.
Patients suffering from periodontal disease can look forward to comprehensive treatment to save teeth and gums and restore their smiles with Dr. Gabriel Polo. Laser bacterial reduction provides treatment to lower patients’ susceptibility for systemic-related issues and increases their ability to recover from gum disease.
Find out more! Contact Dr. Gabriel Polo in The Woodlands, TX to learn more about laser bacterial reduction or to schedule your appointment.