Improve your gum health with Picasso dental laser treatment in Waltham, MA
Gum disease can wreak havoc on your oral health, causing permanent damage to the soft tissues in your mouth. While it is preventable with routine dental care and good oral hygiene, it is also the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Dr. Yasmin Chebbi and the team at The Flossery have invested in the latest technology to improve patient comfort and enhance the effectiveness of all of our treatments and we offer Picasso dental laser treatment to patients in the Waltham, MA area.
Gum disease and periodontal health
Your mouth is a warm, inviting home with plenty of food for bacteria to feast on. Removing bacteria from your mouth is as simple as brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once daily. However, even the best hygiene routines can miss spots. As bacteria feed on sugars and starches in your mouth, they form a biofilm known as plaque. If you routinely miss the same areas in your mouth, this plaque can harden into tartar, offering protection for the bacteria against your saliva and toothbrush.
The bacteria produce toxins that cause inflammation in your gums, and as the tissues in your mouth swell, they pull away from your teeth and allow the bacteria to spread deeper. At this early stage, gum disease is known as gingivitis, and Dr. Chebbi and the team can treat you with a deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar and restore your oral health. However, if you skip your regular visits to the dentist, gingivitis can progress into periodontal disease, the toxins can kill the tissues in your mouth and, in some cases, reach the root of your teeth and jawbone. At this stage, the damage is irreversible, but with proper treatment, we can remove the infected tissue and encourage your gums to attach to your teeth again.
Treating gum disease with Picasso laser therapy
In the past, dentists would rely on oral surgeries to cut away damaged tissue or perform gum grafts. These procedures can be painful and make it harder for your body to heal. Advances in dental technology allow a much more precise and gentle way to remove infected tissue. The Picasso system uses a small laser for precision removal of damaged gums, and the beam of light also kills bacteria on contact, so you have a lower risk of additional infection after your procedure.
The Picasso laser is also virtually pain-free, and most patients can avoid using local anesthetics during their procedure. The precision treatment also means you won’t need stitches, and the laser cauterizes your gums on contact to minimize swelling and bleeding and speed up recovery. The Picasso laser can also help with other procedures, such as complex extractions, treating sores in your mouth, and gum grafts.
Dr. Chebbi is committed to preventive therapies and holistic treatments that account for the health of your whole body. She also selects high quality, biocompatible materials for all our restorations to achieve a natural-looking, healthy smile. Contact our office in Waltham, MA, today at (617) 639-1775 to learn more about how we can improve your oral health.