Gum Health

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth, leading to swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and gum recession. 

The three stages of gum disease — from least to most severe — are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis

Gum Disease Prevention

Luckily, periodontal disease can be preventable. Adding these habits to your daily routine can help significantly: brushing your teeth at least twice daily, flossing at least once a day, using a mouthwash, being aware of your risk for developing gum disease (affected by smoking, diet, genetics and certain health conditions), and visiting your dentist regularly.

For additional information on preventative measures, please refer to our Oral Hygiene leaflet, available in the Downloads section.

Laser Gum Therapy

In periodontal laser therapy, the dentist uses a dental laser to access and remove the inflamed gum tissue from around the root of the tooth. When the infected tissue is removed, the area between the gum and the root can then regenerate during the healing process. 

At Archangel Clinic we offer two types of laser gum treatments – diode laser treatment and erbium laser treatment. Both are performed with the BIOLASE range of dental lasers.

Benefits Of Laser Gum Therapy

The use of the radially firing laser tip of our Waterlase iPlus laser for the treatment
of periodontal disease provides the following benefits: 

  • Effective for cleaning and reducing calculus buildup.   
  • Minimal damage to root surfaces.                     
  • Completely kills bacteria and 'sterilises' root    surfaces.
  • Breaks up molecular structure of endotoxins.
  • Superior re-attachment of tissue to root structure.
  • Shows significant bone growth.
  • No postoperative root sesnistivity.

For optimum results, we recommend courses of three laser treatment sessions over a period of twelve months.