Unfortunately, periodontal-related problems are often discovered after they have persisted for an extended period of time. Proper oral hygiene, daily dental care and regular dental checkups will minimize the risk of gum disease. Gum disease ranges from mild (gingivitis) to moderate (periodintitis) to the severe (periodontitis). Treatments are available for every case of gum disease.
Common problems associated with gum disease:
“Long” teeth (receding gum lines expose the root portions of your teeth)
Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure
Gum depressions (holes in between the teeth in the gum tissue)
Infected gum line (discoloration or inflammation of the gum tissue)
Tooth loss or tooth movement
The effects of gum disease can be damaging to your dental health. However, through proper preventive care and oral hygiene, you can avoid problems associated with gum disease.
The latest research shows an outstanding improvement in the outcomes of gum (periodontal) treatments when using lasers. Instead of the old “scaling and root planing” which was as uncomfortable and medieval as it sounds, you can now achieve even better results with laser assisted gum therapy. Without the need for aggressive scaling of the tissues that was previously thought to be the best treatment, the pain and discomfort is nonexistent. Using lasers not only aids in the comfort during and after treatment, but has shown better results including the repair and laying down of new bone previously thought to be impossible without grafting!
At our office, we use laser assisted gum therapy on every patient who needs therapy and continue to use the laser at follow up visits for years to come. This not only helps stop the progression of disease but helps stimulate bone regrowth for our patients.