Periodontics deals with the gums, tissues, and bones that support the teeth. It is preventive in nature and is mainly concerned with preventing and treating periodontal or gum disease. We are committed to maintaining our patients’ overall oral health. We will work with you to help you achieve lasting health for your teeth and gums.
Periodontal (gum) disease is characterized by an excessive amount of plaque and calculus (tartar) which have accumulated around the teeth, causing deterioration to the surrounding area of the teeth (and can include the jawbone). It can be identified by red, swollen and bleeding gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease will eventually begin to destroy the gums and bone.
Because the early stages of periodontal diseases are usually painless, it can be difficult to detect. Some of the signs and symptoms of developing periodontal disease include the following:
- Loose teeth or receding gums
- Increased spaces between teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus around the gums and teeth
- Red, bleeding, and inflamed gums
- Tenderness and discomfort
Aside from the risk of losing your permanent teeth, there are many health risks that are associated with periodontal disease. Untreated periodontal disease is dangerous. That is why we make an effort to prevent the disease and to save you from unnecessary costs of periodontal disease.
Laser Periodontal Treatment
Laser Periodontal Treatment is a new type of therapy used to treat gum disease. It has proven to be very effective and is free of the typical drawbacks of conventional surgery. Laser periodontal treatment stops the infection, completely eliminates the bacteria, reduces gum pockets, and maintains better results over time. Choosing laser periodontal treatment means excellent, long-lasting results.
Laser periodontal treatment starts with the dentist identifying a deep periodontal pocket, complete with bone loss and tartar on the root surface. The dentist then uses the laser to remove the infected and unhealthy gum tissue out of the pocket. All remaining tartar and debris is then rinsed out. Now, the dentist will use the laser again to kill any remaining bacteria or toxins, completely disinfecting the area. The gum tissue is brought back to the root surface and sealed with a dense fibrin clot. Next, the bite is adjusted to remove any tooth trauma and to balance out the chewing forces. The gum tissue and connective tissue are reattached to the root surface, resulting in a smaller gum pocket.
Laser periodontal treatment is safe for patients with diabetes, bleeding disorders, or patients on blood thinners. Call our dental office today to schedule your laser periodontal treatment!