Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Gum Disease

nonsurgical treatment for gum diseaseServing patients of Erwin, Jonesborough, and Greeneville TN

If you have gum disease, hopefully, you are receiving treatment. If not, your Greeneville dentist at Tusculum Dental Care urges you to receive treatment as soon as your gum disease is diagnosed because you could avoid the need for invasive surgery later on. At Tusculum Dental Care, we use a dental laser to treat early stages of gum disease, which not only helps stop the progression of the disease but also limits your risk of needing extensive gum surgery in the future.

How does laser surgery work for gum disease?

Laser dentistry is cutting edge technology that allows your dentists in Greeneville to treat gum disease using a noninvasive treatment option. The laser works by destroying any bacteria around the teeth and gums, and especially in the periodontal pockets created by the gum disease as the gums have separated from the teeth. It’s nearly impossible to clean inside of these pockets yourself with regular brushing and flossing. Once these periodontal pockets form, only professional treatment can rid them of bacteria.

The laser also can be used to remove diseased gum tissue and cauterizes as it goes so there is no need for sutures. The overall goal of laser treatments for gum disease in Greeneville is to stop the progression of the disease, kill the harmful bacteria, and allow the gums to heal.

What should I expect during laser periodontal treatment?

Your mouth is made numb so that you do not feel any discomfort during the procedure. The laser is precise and removes only the necessary portion of your gums that are diseased. Since the laser cauterizes as it works, you will not need any sutures, which means a quicker healing period and limited downtime. Most patients only need to adhere to a diet of soft, cool foods for a few days to a week at most. They even can resume their normal activities within about a day. As dental professionals, we are excited about laser dentistry for gum disease treatment because we can treat the whole mouth at once, instead of having to split up treatments among different appointments.

With traditional surgery, this is not the case, healing time is much longer and extensive, and downtime last longer. Plus, sutures may also be needed to help seal up the incisions that are made by a scalpel. Patients who undergo traditional gum surgery in Greeneville for their gum disease often report that the recovery often is painful, and they also are limited on the types of food they can eat for a much longer period. It is for these reasons and more that we recommend laser gum therapy to treat early signs of gum disease. Better to receive a less invasive procedure than to wait and undergo extensive surgery.

Laser Gum Therapy in Greeneville

If you would like to learn more about laser treatments for gum disease or how to combat this bacterial infection, please contact Tusculum Dental Care by calling (423) 639-7575 to schedule a consultation.

Tusculum Dental Care is proud to serve patients in the areas of Greeneville, Jonesborough, and Erwin, Tennessee.