Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

Laser treatment for gum disease can help you get your smile back on track. Gum tissue, when healthy, allows us to chew, talk and smile with comfort.  When gum tissue becomes infected with bacteria (periodontal disease) it causes gum recession, bone degeneration, and tooth loss. Eating, speaking, and grinning is no longer done with ease.  According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research 2 in 5 adults suffer from some form of gum disease.

The advanced technology of laser therapy is a proven technique for repairing gums and treating periodontal disease.  Dr. Abeyta uses laser dentistry in her practice in Albuquerque, NM. Laser technology treats gum disease non-invasively, eliminating the need for surgery and a lengthy recovery.  

How Does Laser Therapy Repair the Gums?

The laser is used to remove the inflamed and infected gum tissue.  Once the infected gum tissue is removed the dentist will have better access to the root surfaces so that they may be thoroughly cleaned with Piezo ultrasonic scalers and hand scalers (Piezo scalers may adversely affect how a cardiac pacemaker functions). 

The laser will then be used again to remove any remaining infected gum tissue and to kill bacteria lingering in the gum pocket.

What are the Benefits of Laser Therapy on Gums?

  • Less discomfort during treatment
  • Reduced post treatment pain and swelling
  • Rapid healing time
  • Less bleeding
  • Fewer post-surgical complications
  • Less trauma to the surrounding dental tissue
  • Bacterial reduction

In addition to the above benefits, laser treatment is completely customizable so that it can personalized for the individual’s needs. 

What are Signs of Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is associated with poor hygiene.  Hint – floss and brush your teeth at least two times a day!

If you are experiencing any of the below listed symptoms, contact your dentist to find out if you have gum disease.

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Red, swollen, or puffy gums
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Bleeding or tender gums
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Receding gumline

If you need laser treatment for periodontal disease but are worried about the expense, Dr. Abeyta offers an in-house dental membership plan.

Why join a Dental membership Plan?

  • You have no dental insurance currently
  • You are losing your dental insurance
  • You are paying too much for your current dental insurance
  • You have retired and need dental care
  • You would like to save money on your dental care

Memberships plans are available for both adults and children.

As with most dental issues, the earlier they are detected, the easier they are to treat. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Abeyta to learn more about treatment options for gum disease at (505) 293-7611.

 

Happy National Dental Month

Happy National Dental Month

Happy National Dental Care Month

Happy National Dental Care Month, how long has it been since your last appointment?  Do you know dental hygiene is important to your oral and overall health?  If it has been longer than six months since your last visit to the dentist, National Dental Care Month is a great reminder to schedule an appointment with Dr. Abeyta and her team.  They can help you maintain peak oral health.

Visit Twice a Year

The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups.

Though regular checkups serve many purposes, two of the main reasons are:

  • It allows the dentist to detect early signs of oral health conditions, preventing a minor issue from becoming a major issue.
  • It keeps teeth clean and free from tartar and plaque which can lead to gum disease.

Note: Typically, dental insurance companies will cover the cost of two visits per year, including yearly x-rays. Dental insurance companies recognize regular checkups and cleanings can go a long way to preventing serious issues. Regular checkups also help us to preserve the teeth we have. 

Daily Oral Routine

Implementing a daily routine for you and your family can build a strong foundation in maintaining a healthy, and attractive smile.

It is recommended to:

  • Brush after every meal with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Floss at least once a day in between every tooth, from root to crown.
  • Floss before you brush. Studies have shown that this pattern helps to remove more plaque, particles, and bacteria than flossing after you brush your teeth.
  • If you have eaten an acidic food such as citrus fruit or soda, it is important to wait 30 minutes before brushing to allow enamel time to harden.

Daily routines will help prevent issues such as infection and tooth decay but alone cannot keep your teeth and gums optimally healthy. This is where your dentist comes in!

When was the last time you visited a dentist? If it’s been longer than six months, please give us a call at (505) 293-7611, or Contact us by email, to schedule your next appointment.

Dr. Abeyta’s office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. They will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible. If you have pain or an emergency, every attempt will be made to see you that day.  Smile on…

 

The Link Between Oral Health and Diabetes

The Link Between Oral Health and Diabetes

The Link Between Oral Health and Diabetes

The link between oral health and diabetes may be stronger than you think.  A recent study from the School of Dentistry, University of Michigan provides a brief summary of the scientific evidence for the often two-way links between hyperglycemia and oral health. 

Diabetes occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to create insulin, or when the body can’t make good use of the insulin it does create.

Not being able to produce insulin or use it effectively can lead to serious health problems.  Studies have shown it’s the leading cause of new cases of adult blindness, loss of lower limbs not trauma-related, kidney malfunction and gum disease. 

How is Diabetes Related to Gum Disease?

Gum disease or Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums that can damage the soft tissue and destroy the bone that supports your teeth. 

People who have gum disease may experience higher levels of plaque and bacteria causing chronic inflammation, bleeding, pus, tooth loss and bone loss. The plaque found on your teeth is home to more than 300 different species of bacteria.

Periodontal disease, though common, is largely preventable. The leading causes for gum disease are poor oral hygiene and/or a serious medical condition such as diabetes.  

How Do I Watch for Gum Disease?

Schedule regular appointments and cleanings to ensure bacteria is not building up under the gum line. This is extremely important for people who have diabetes and will benefit greatly from a healthy, clean and infection-free mouth. 

And to help prevent gum disease, your daily routine should include brushing and flossing at least twice a day and/or after every meal. 

How Can My Dentist Help?

People who have diabetes are more prone to gum disease because of a compromised immune system.  If gum disease goes untreated, infections can set in, making blood sugar levels rise and harder to control, even with blood sugar medicines.  A dentist will be able to diagnose gum disease in the early stages to prevent the condition from becoming serious.  

Please call Dr. Abeyta at (505) 293-7611, or Contact us by email, to schedule your New Patient Experience with Dr. Abeyta.  Her team is honored to partner with you in caring for your oral and overall health.

Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Conscious sedation dentistry can help you relax during a dental procedure. Dental anxiety is a real thing and affects both old and young patients.  Whether it’s the sound of the drill or a smell that permeates throughout the practice, some people will use any excuse to avoid going to the dentist. 

Conscious sedation, also known as procedural sedation, is a light form of anesthesia that doesn’t require artificial respiration. It allows patients with dental anxiety to get the dental care they need in a relaxed setting.

Anesthesia and dentistry

Dentists, like other doctors, have been using anesthetic to make their procedures easier on the patient since the mid 19th century. In the modern day, dentists use a wide range of anesthetic techniques depending on the requirements of a given patient and procedure. Dental anesthesia can be divided into 3 categories:

  • Light sedation – this is the level most commonly used in conscious sedation procedures. Under light sedation, the patient remains awake and alert, even capable of carrying on a conversation. While the patient’s vitals are still closely monitored, there is no need for artificial respiration.
  • Moderate sedation – under moderate sedation, while the patient will still remain conscious, they may not remember the procedure. They may fall asleep, but can be woken easily. Some conscious sedation goes as deep as moderate, but it is used rarely compared to light sedation.
  • Deep sedation – this level of sedation puts the patient into a state of unconsciousness. This type of sedation is not considered conscious sedation, and is generally only used in more in-depth procedures, like dental surgery, or in patients with extreme dental anxiety.

What is used in conscious sedation?

  • Nitrous oxide – also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide has a long history of use in dentistry. Inhaled through a mask prior to your procedure, laughing gas eases the patient’s anxiety without impeding their awareness. Another advantage of nitrous oxide is that it wears off very quickly, meaning you can drive yourself to your appointment.
  • Oral sedative – another option for managing dental anxiety is the use of an anti anxiety medication a few hours before the procedure. Suitable for moderate sedation, this option will require someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

Get the dental treatment you need with conscious sedation

If dental anxiety is keeping you from getting the treatment you need, Dr. Abeyta can help. Conscious sedation can help manage dental anxiety, and Dr. Abeyta always uses local anesthetic to complete her procedures without pain. Schedule an appointment today at (505) 293-7611.

 

Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s dental health month was in February.  We miss it but that doesn’t mean Dr. Abeyta isn’t doing all that she can to bring awareness to her patients on this important topic.

What is Children’s Dental Health Month?

Each year in February, the American Dental Association (ADA) brings together professionals and healthcare providers to promote the benefits of good oral health for children.

Why is Children’s Dental Health Month Important? 

One of the most common chronic diseases of childhood is tooth decay and the thing about tooth decay is that it is absolutely preventable.  And studies have shown that children with poor dental health miss more school and receive lower grades than kids who have a healthy mouth.

Plus, tooth decay can contribute to more than just pain and oral issues such as: 

  • Gum disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes

Supporting healthy teeth and gums is a lifelong commitment. The earlier a child is introduced to proper oral hygiene habits such as brushing, flossing, and limiting sugary snacks and drinks the better for oral and overall health. 

How Can You Help Bring Awareness? 

Talk to your children about their oral health care habits and help them establish a daily routine of brushing and flossing. Explain that their teeth can’t heal themselves so it’s up to them to take care of their teeth. 

The NCDHM Program Planning Guide provides resources to promote the benefits of good dental health to children, including downloadable coloring sheets. 

Make an Appointment

It is recommended that children visit their dentist by the time they have their first birthday or when that first tooth pops through.  Teaching them good oral hygiene habits when they are young will help them develop healthy habits for a lifetime.

The Treatment Philosophy of Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD is built on honesty and integrity.

“We strive to be the best choice for quality care and overall excellence. We accomplish this by delivering comprehensive care in a calm and safe environment. We incorporate total health and integrative care options and empower every patient to make the right and best decisions for their health. We invest in education for ourselves and our patients to support our commitment to excellence and empower our patients with the knowledge they need to achieve whatever goals they have for their health. Our team is honored to partner with you in caring for your health.

You will enjoy not only the peaceful and calm environment provided, but also customized care, from ONE doctor, which creates a unique experience for you and your entire family. Comfort pillows, music, and aromatherapy with Essential Oils are all individualized to make your experience unique and soothing. Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs.”

Call today to schedule your appointment at (505) 293-7611,

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