Periodontal, or gum related care
Periodontics is a specialty in dentistry involving
the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of
conditions of the surrounding tissues of the
teeth (such as the gums) and the maintenance of
the health, function and aesthetics of these
structures. Gum disease is the single most
common cause of tooth loss in adults. Daily good
oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings can
decrease the risk of developing periodontal
Once periodontal disease has taken hold, the most
effective treatment plan options can vary
depending on how far the condition has
progressed. The first step in keeping the
disease from advancing is a deep cleaning and
scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits
from the teeth. The root surfaces of the tooth
may also be smoothed in order to help the gum
tissue reattach itself to the tooth and speed up
the healing process.
Gum related care has greatly benefited from laser
technology applications. Lasers are currently
used for re-contouring or reshaping gums,
removing extra or diseased gum tissue associated
with the use of certain medications or
periodontal disease. Additionally, lasers are
used for removing the bacteria in periodontal
pockets to promote patient recovery, and are
credited for greatly reducing both recovery time
and post operative distress and/or discomfort.
The quantity of periodontal-based treatments and
procedures available are as varied and unique as
the professionals who administer them.
Regardless of technological advancements, the
best way to avoid future periodontal problems is
immediate preventative care. Contact us to set
up an appointment to help begin the process that
will keep you smiling for years to come
Gum and bone disease (periodontal disease) is a
common infection that causes bad breath, sore
gums, receding gums and bone and loose teeth.
Sufferers may be putting their hearts at risk
because the bacteria can attach to heart valves.
This bacterial infection can also be transmitted
to other people in your family through kissing
and sharing utensils. A spouse has a 40% risk of
acquiring periodontal disease.
Minor gums infections can be treated by ultrasonic
and ozone cleaning with a hygienist, but more
serious stages of gum disease usually need
specialist care with a skilled dentist. Many
times this involves surgery that can be costly
and traumatic. The good news is with lasers we
can offer more conservative and non-traumatic
treatment for moderate to serious gum disease.
We work closely with a local periodontist to
ensure that if results are not achieved with the
laser that they are able to assist.
Laser gum disease treatment does not involve
cutting and sutures. It is much less invasive,
usually painless and without swelling. Healing
and recovery are very fast and you don't need to
take extra days off work. This will save you
time and money.