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Laser Gum Treatment Specialist

Nishita Gandhi, DDS -  - Dentist

Nishita Gandhi, DDS

Dentist located in Bronx, NY

Gum disease is a serious inflammatory condition leading to gum destruction, tooth loss, and other health issues. While there are many periodontal therapies to consider, Nishita Gandhi, DDS, offers the most technologically advanced treatment available at her two offices in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Gandhi and her team are proud to use the EPIC™ Diode Laser by Biolase, the only diode laser in the United States approved for soft tissue procedures. For a gentle gum disease treatment, call Nishita Gandhi, DDS, or schedule an appointment online.

Laser Gum Treatment Q & A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an inflammatory condition of the gums caused by plaque buildup on your teeth and gums. When left untreated, this plaque penetrates below the gum line and forms small pockets of bacteria. As this bacteria festers and grows, the pockets begin destroying your gum tissue and tooth-supporting bone, leading to bone and tooth loss over time. 

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is directly caused by plaque buildup that releases acids, which eat away at your teeth and gums. There are many factors that put you at risk of the condition, such as:

  • Poor oral hygiene (lack of brushing, flossing, etc.)
  • Tobacco use (smoking or chewing tobacco)
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal shifts during pregnancy and menopause
  • Certain medications (anti-seizure, blood pressure, immunosuppressive drugs, and more)
  • Crooked teeth

If you have any of the above risk factors, watch out for the following gum disease symptoms:

  • Gum inflammation
  • Red, tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Visible pockets between the gums and teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Gum pain
  • Loose teeth

Some people with gum disease experience no symptoms at all, so it’s important to schedule bi-annual dental cleanings and exams with Dr. Gandhi.

How can laser gum treatments stop gum disease?

Traditional gum disease treatments, such as scaling and root planing — nonsurgical procedures in which a dentist cleans the pockets of plaque and bacteria below your gum line — are highly effective at preventing the condition from worsening.

Dr. Gandhi, however, takes her treatments a step further with the EPIC X Diode Laser, an advanced system that promotes Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR). A noninvasive, painless dental procedure, LBR kills nearly 100% of the bacteria located in the gum pockets surrounding your teeth.

In addition, Dr. Gandhi uses the Diode Laser for Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LAPT) during scaling and root planing. Not only does this state-of-the-art laser remove diseased and infected soft tissue in gum pockets, but it also kills the harmful bacteria and sterilizes your gums. Gentle and effective, this innovative laser reduces the size of pockets caused by gum disease and preserves the bone density around your teeth.

The Diode Laser can even be used for gum contouring — gingivectomy or gingivoplasty — to reshape your gums when pockets have formed between your teeth and gums. With precise control, this laser therapy system helps you achieve a gorgeous smile without invasive surgery.

To learn more about how laser gum treatments can help transform your smile, call Nishita Gandhi, DDS, or book an appointment online today.