Laser Gum Disease Treatment in Annapolis & Calvert
Effective, Minimally Invasive Treatment for Mild to Severe Gum Disease
Dr. Schultheis is dedicated to providing effective dentistry using natural, minimally invasive methods, whenever possible. Traditional treatment for severe gum disease often involves invasive surgery, in which the gums are cut open with a scalpel, flapped back to clean the diseased areas and stitched up again.
Dr. Schultheis uses many modern, nonsurgical holistic procedures, including safe and effective laser treatment. She has found this approach to be effective in most cases, even when the gum disease has reached an advanced stage. Along with being a very effective gum disease treatment tool, as the laser operates, it stimulates healing and leaves minimal swelling and very little post-treatment discomfort.
What Is a Dental Laser?
A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light that has a specific wavelength. The wavelength of the laser determines the purposes it can be used for. Dr. Schultheis uses a special dental laser to remove diseased gum tissue and kill the bacteria that are responsible for gum disease. Treatment with the laser is gentle and minimally invasive, and post-treatment discomfort is minimal.
Effective Elimination of Bacteria
An important part of our comprehensive, holistic gum disease treatment program is the use of a dental laser that is able to specifically target infected gum tissue. It can also kill certain species of bacteria found in gum disease that deep cleaning methods cannot eliminate.
Gum disease bacteria lodge on the hard tooth surfaces below the gumline, but when the infection progresses, the bacteria can also start to invade the tissues that surround the tooth. It can be difficult to remove this layer of diseased tissue under the gumline without surgery; therefore, many dentists prescribe topical or oral antibiotics as part of gum disease treatment. However, over time, the overuse of antibiotics can make the bacteria antibiotic-resistant.
Our dental laser is highly effective in killing the bad bacteria and specifically targets the diseased tissue. This makes the use of antibiotics unnecessary. The laser also makes treatment more comfortable, stimulating the tissues’ natural healing capability. Post-treatment discomfort is minimal and healing is fast.
Benefits of Laser Gum Disease Treatment
Using a laser in gum disease treatment has many benefits. Laser treatment:
- Effectively eliminates the bacteria that cause gum disease.
- Specifically targets the diseased tissues.
- Stimulates the tissue’s natural healing capability.
- Makes treatment gentle and more comfortable.
- Eliminates the need for antibiotic treatment.
- Eliminates the need for periodontal surgery, in most cases.
Treating Moderate and Severe Gum Disease
Dr. Schultheis can take care of almost all cases of gum disease. Use of the laser allows Dr. Schultheis to effectively treat patients with even severe stages of gum disease. But laser treatment is only one element of our comprehensive, holistic program to tackle gum disease and prevent it from recurring.
Dr. Schultheis not only treats the immediate infection, she uses an array of holistic diagnostics and treatment methods to eliminate any factors that may be contributing to the problem.
To make an appointment, call (410) 324-6271 (Calvert), (410) 324-6370 (Annapolis) or click here to request an appointment online.