Gum Therapy Specialist

360 Dental

Dentists located in Van Nuys, CA

Gum therapy can help your gums heal if you have early to advanced stages of periodontal disease. At 360 Dental in Van Nuys, California, expert dentists Vachik Danoukh, DMD, and Parham Mansouri, DDS, MS, and the team of top hygienists provide modern laser gum therapy treatments. To find out if gum therapy is right for you, book a consultation online or call the clinic directly.

Gum Therapy Q & A

Why do I need gum therapy?

If your dentist suggests gum therapy, chances are, you have early signs — or advanced symptoms — of periodontal (gum) disease. Gum therapy can treat and help relieve:

  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Deep infections
  • Receding gum lines

Plus, if you have chronic bad breath or lingering bad tastes in your mouth due to gum disease, gum therapy can treat the underlying cause and resolve your symptoms.

What happens during gum therapy?

The skilled dental experts at 360 Dental use state-of-the-art laser systems to perform gum therapy. During your gum therapy session, your practitioner uses the dental laser to target gum tissue. The laser energy removes inflamed gum tissue that is surrounding your tooth’s root. This process also gives your dentist access to your root to clean it manually.

They spend time thoroughly scraping your tooth’s root, removing plaque and calculus, before smoothing out your tooth’s root to minimize bacterial buildup. Occasionally, your dentist has to cut your gum tissue and flap back your skin to clean even deeper. In this case, you might need sutures to encourage proper gum healing.

The final step of gum therapy involves counseling you on how to care for your teeth and gums at home. If you have an underlying infection, you might need to take a series of antibiotics to help you heal. Your dental practitioner may also suggest using specialized rinses to help your gums heal after your laser gum therapy session.

Is gum therapy painful?

Not at all. While local anesthesia isn’t usually required for laser gum therapy, the team generally offers lidocaine injections or topical numbing ointments, just to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible.

If you have dental anxiety or have an unrelated pain-causing condition that makes lying back in the dental chair uncomfortable, you can request sedation. Between nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, and IV sedation, you have several options available for making your gum therapy at 360 Dental as comfortable as possible.

To improve the health of your teeth and gums, schedule your gum therapy session at 360 Dental right away. Book your visit online or over the phone.