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Lasers—Killing Bacteria and Saving Teeth

Stages of Periodontal DiseaseFighting Infections with the Latest Technology

Hearing the term ‘laser’ attached to anything to do with your mouth might understandably make you feel a bit apprehensive.  But have no fear, because laser treatment can actually be one of the best and least intensive options for cases of gum disease.

You’ve probably heard of the common condition known as gingivitis, which is characterized by red, swollen, and/or bleeding gums.  Mild cases of gingivitis can usually be treated with improved brushing techniques, regular dental checkups, and antibacterial washes.  However, when the disease progresses into the more advanced stage known as periodontitis (when the infection may pose the risk of tooth loss), a more advanced treatment is necessary.

While a laser might sound big and scary, the device itself is actually a tiny, flexible, fiber optic cable that is only the thickness of about three human hairs.  It is slipped between your tooth and the surrounding gums and ZAP, just like that a series of small laser bursts kill destructive bacteria while healthy tissue remains unharmed and the pocket is sterilized.

The benefits of laser dentistry are many.  It is a minimally-invasive procedure, meaning that no surgical cutting is required, and the laser beam itself helps cauterize so there is typically very little (if any) bleeding.  Additionally, in almost all cases these laser treatments are pain free, so there is no need to worry if you are one of the many that experience dental anxieties.

So please, contact us immediately for a consultation if you are experiencing the symptoms of gingivitis, and our team will help determine the right treatments for you!

About Binu Thomas, DDS

As the head of a boutique, patient focused practice in the heart of Orangevale, Dr. Binu Thomas has been practicing general dentistry for over 20 years. He graduated in the top of his class at dental school, and took advanced training in preventative pediatric dentistry. Over the years, he has trained under some of the best known cosmetic dentists in the nation. He has further advanced his skills and knowledge in endodontics (root canal), cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery. His efficient, attentive services lead patients to feel well cared-for, no matter their dental needs. His professional team will show you the respect and attention you deserve from the moment you schedule your first appointment. Dr. Thomas has been married for over 20 years to his beautiful wife Aveena, and they have two wonderful children, Joshua and Ariyana. Dr. Thomas is very involved in his community and helps out at the local church, food closet and more.

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