Gum disease is a very serious oral health problem, and it’s unbelievably common. In our Plano, TX dental office, we offer both surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapies for gum disease treatment.
WaterLase: Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry allows us to address periodontal disease without the pain, side effects and down time associated with traditional treatments and procedures. The Waterlase dental laser enables Dr. Dean to treat and repair damaged or diseased gum tissue that may have previously required oral surgery.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
A dental laser can be used to remove soft tissue, “cutting it away” without the use of a scalpel by vaporizing tissue with light energy.
This provides several key benefits for patients including:
- Less downtime
- Minimal bleeding
- Less pain and discomfort, reducing the need for anesthesia
- Immediate results
The Waterlase dental laser can also stimulate healthy bone regrowth when used to remove tooth enamel decay. A precision instrument, the dental laser reduces the damage to adjacent tissue or healthy tooth structure that can occur when using drills and scalpels to remove diseased tissue or decay.
Perioscopy: Microscopic Video Technology
Traditionally the treatment for periodontal disease was surgery. Now, there’s a new procedure called Perioscopy. Utilizing digital video technology, Dr. Dean is able to diagnose and treat areas below the gumline without the discomfort of surgery. This miniature dental endoscope magnifies tooth anatomy in high detail, revealing deposits that would be otherwise hidden below the gumline.
How It Works
Perioscopy features advanced microscopic video technology with up to 48 times magnification. It also allows direct vision of the tooth root to enhance traditional cleaning, scaling and root planing techniques.
With new technology comes new benefits. Not only does it provide a comfortable, non-surgical, periodontal treatment option, it also pinpoints unseen deposits that cause bleeding and inflammation. It enables the detection of periodontal conditions and other dental problems in earlier stages as well. Most importantly, it raises the standard of oral health care by using a new level of visualization in helping fight periodontal disease and associated tooth loss.
Of course, sometimes surgical therapy is still needed, and Dr. Dean and the team at our Plano, TX office can offer these types of therapies as well. If you are a patient in the Plano, TX or Dallas, TX area searching for gum disease treatment, contact us to explore your options.