Close to 80% of the adult’s in the U.S. today suffer from some form of gum disease. Since gum disease sufferers usually don’t exhibit pain or other symptoms, many of them have no idea they have it. Unfortunately, untreated gum disease can progress from gingivitis into a more serious condition called Periodontitis without any change in how your mouth feels. Throughout history, periodontitis has been the main reason why adults lost their teeth. And, even in today’s modern age of electric tooth brushes, fluoride, floss, and high-powered mouthwash, it is STILL the number one reason adults lose their teeth.
When laser gum treatments are able to tackle gum disease in its initial stages it often averts patients from having to go through more extensive and expensive treatments such as scaling and root planning or even gum surgery.
Gum disease is triggered by bacteria beneath the tartar that builds up on the teeth. These bacteria create toxins and other substances that lead to bone loss as well as gum tissue loss (also called recession).
The worst of these issues is the development of a biofilm that keeps the bacteria against the teeth that regular brushing and flossing won’t remove. When this biofilm develops, only the use of an ultrasonic cleaner by your dentist or hygienist can remove it. This is one of the reasons why regular check-ups and cleanings are important in preventing gum disease.
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Laser treatments represent cutting edge applications for fighting periodontal disease. They can provide an innovative and relatively painless option to kill the harmful oral bacteria that lead to gum disease as well as allows your dentist to preserve teeth that may otherwise be lost during other periodontal disease treatments and procedures.
Here are some benefits of the use of lasers to treat gum disease:
Laser therapy is a non-invasive method that can be used to painlessly remove diseased gum tissue and at the same time it disinfects and cauterizes the area. The laser only removes the diseased tissue.
Because the laser cauterizes and seal the wounds it and stimulates immediate healing as it works, sutures are not needed after the procedure. It also calms the nerve endings of the affected areas, making any postoperative discomfort minimal. Finally, the disinfected gums will attach to the cleaned teeth more rapidly, aiding in the speed of recovery.
The same laser used to treat the initial phases of gum disease can also give your smile a makeover. Sometimes patients may be suffering from the opposite of receding gums. They may also have gums that come down too far over their teeth.
To correct this, laser treatments can be used to perform a non-surgical gum lift.
No stitches are required for this procedure either, typically there is no serious recovery time involved, and results can be seen in a matter of days.
Even less than a century ago, tooth loss was considered by most to be an inevitable part of the aging process. This is no longer true. Even if you have been informed that scaling and root planing, or even traditional slice and suture surgery are your only option to keep your teeth, you may have a more appealing treatment available to you in laser therapy.
Laser gum treatments are a more convenient and less painful way to treat the early development of gum disease. To help make sure you catch this “tooth killer” make sure you maintain a regular oral health routine and see your dentist at least once a year.
If you’ve already been told you have some level of gum disease but haven’t been given laser gum treatment as an option to remove it, call us today to make an appointment. Let us see if this alternative method is a way you can save your gums, your teeth, and your smile.