Transforming Gum Health: Laser Treatment For Gum Disease at DP Dental

Transforming Gum Health: Laser Treatment For Gum Disease at DP Dental

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common but serious condition that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. It typically begins with bacterial growth in the mouth, leading to inflammation and irritation of the gums. If left untreated, gum disease can progress and eventually result in tooth loss and other serious health issues. Fortunately, gum disease is preventable and treatable when detected early. While traditional treatment methods have been effective, laser treatment for gum disease has emerged as a minimally invasive alternative with several notable advantages.

Causes of Gum Disease

90% of adult Singaporeans are affected by some form of gum disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis.

The impact of periodontal disease extends beyond oral health. Research reveals that individuals with periodontal disease are nearly twice as likely to develop coronary artery disease compared to those without.

Moreover, those with periodontitis face an elevated risk of diabetes, with diabetic individuals being 2 to 3 times more susceptible to periodontal disease than non-diabetics.

Below are several risk factors associated with gum disease:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits, such as irregular brushing and flossing
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Hormonal changes, particularly in women (e.g., pregnancy, menopause)
  • Genetic predisposition to gum disease
  • Medical conditions like diabetes, which weaken the immune system
  • Medications that reduce saliva flow or cause gum overgrowth

Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Swollen, tender, or red gums
  • Bleeding gums, especially during brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums, making teeth appear longer
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together when biting

laser treatment for gum disease

Traditional Treatment Options for Gum Disease

Traditional treatment options for gum disease typically involve scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), antibiotic therapy, and in severe cases, surgical procedures such as flap surgery and bone or tissue grafts. While these methods are effective, they can be invasive and may cause discomfort for patients.

Laser Treatment for Gum Disease at DP Dental

At DP Dental Singapore, we are committed to offering our patients the latest advancements in dental technology, including laser treatment for gum disease.

During laser treatment for gum disease, a dental professional utilises a dental laser, such as an erbium laser, to target and remove diseased tissue from the gums. The laser energy is precisely directed to the affected areas, effectively disinfecting and debriding the gum tissue while minimising damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

Erbium lasers are particularly effective in treating periodontal disease, as they are capable of removing diseased tissue while promoting regeneration and healing of the surrounding healthy tissue. Two notable erbium laser systems used in periodontal care are the Biolase Waterlase iPlus and the Fotona LightWalker.

Our highly experienced clinicians are proficient in utilising the Biolase Waterlase iPlus and Fotona LightWalker systems to provide tailored and effective periodontal care. By incorporating advanced laser technology into our practice, we aim to minimise discomfort, promote quicker healing, and achieve better overall outcomes for our patients.

Biolase Waterlase iPlus

The Biolase Waterlase iPlus utilises a combination of laser energy and water spray to perform a wide range of dental procedures, including periodontal therapy, without direct contact with the tissue.

This minimises discomfort, reduces bleeding and swelling, and lowers the risk of infection post-procedure. The precision of the Waterlase iPlus allows for targeted removal of diseased tissue while preserving healthy tissue, enhancing patient comfort and improving outcomes.

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Fotona LightWalker

Similarly, the Fotona LightWalker laser system employs erbium laser technology to deliver outstanding results in periodontal therapy. It supports non-surgical treatment of gum disease by precisely removing diseased tissue and promoting tissue regeneration.

The LightWalker’s versatility and precision make it an invaluable tool for dentists seeking to provide optimal care for their patients.

Advantages of Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

  • Minimally Invasive Procedure: Laser therapy is less invasive than traditional surgery, resulting in less trauma to the gums and surrounding tissues.
  • Reduced Discomfort: Patients experience minimal discomfort during and after laser treatment, leading to a more comfortable experience overall.
  • Less Bleeding and Swelling: Laser therapy cauterises blood vessels as it works, resulting in minimal bleeding and swelling compared to traditional surgery.
  • Lower Risk of Infection: The precision of lasers reduces the risk of infection post-procedure, promoting faster healing.
  • Preservation of Healthy Tissue: Laser therapy targets only diseased tissue, preserving healthy tissue and promoting faster healing.
  • Faster Healing and Recovery: Patients typically experience faster healing and recovery times with laser therapy compared to traditional surgery.
  • Precision in Tissue Removal: Laser therapy allows for precise removal of diseased tissue, leading to better treatment outcomes.
  • Promotion of Tissue Regeneration: Erbium laser systems promote tissue regeneration, leading to improved overall gum health.

Book a Consultation

Gum disease is a common dental condition that can have serious consequences if left untreated. However, with advancements in laser technology, patients now have access to minimally invasive treatment options that offer precise and efficient results.

At DP Dental Singapore, we are proud to offer laser treatment for gum disease, providing our patients with the highest standard of care and helping them achieve optimal oral and overall health and wellbeing.

Schedule an appointment with us today and embark on a journey to healthier gums and a radiant smile.

Contact us at:

  • DP Dental Kovan: 6282 0122
  • DP Dental Orchard: 6219 3082
  • DP Coast Dental Katong: 6440 4605

DP Dental

At DP Dental, our philosophy is to solve problems at their root cause. We also believe that prevention is always better than cure, hence, we practice early-intervention dentistry, and we aim to be as minimally-invasive in our procedures as possible.