Gum Disease and Laser Treatment
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
Take care of your gums is just as important as taking care of your teeth. Even the healthiest teeth are only as strong as the gums that hold them. Many of us develop a common, but reversible, gum condition known as gingivitis, in which our gums become inflamed, irritated and swollen. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease that can lead to loss of gum tissue, shifting and loss of teeth, and even lead to TMJD and severe health complications
Some early symptoms of gum disease include:
- Receding gums
- Soreness and pain in the gums
- Bleeding of the gums
- Loose teeth
- Teeth that have begun to shift
- Bad breath
If diagnosed early, these symptoms can be stopped and reversed. It is important to seek treatment for periodontal disease as soon as possible to treat symptoms and prevent further degeneration. We offer a range of gum treatment options, based on the type and severity of your gum disease.
Call us today at 724-934-3422 to discuss your gum disease treatment options.
Stages of Gum Disease
Early Stage Gum Disease
In the very early stages of gum disease, also known as gingivitis, we can often completely reverse the condition through a simple cleaning procedure. During this cleaning, we completely remove accumulated plaque from the visible portion of the teeth, and sometimes slightly below the gum line.
Moderate Gum Disease
If the damage to the gums is moderate and extends below the gum line, we will perform a procedure known as scaling and root planing to remove below the gum line plaque and bacteria. This procedure is designed both to treat existing gum disease, and prevent gum disease from recurring in the future.
Severe Gum Disease
If you’re suffering from advanced stages of gum disease, we offer a range of treatment options to both treat and prevent further problems. These treatments may involve surgical procedures, including bone and soft tissue grafts for patients who have experienced severe damage because of periodontal disease.
Gum Maintenance and Disease Prevention
As part of our regular care, we do thorough gum examinations for all our patients to prevent gum disease and to diagnose any present problems as early as possible. We will assess the health of your gums during your office visit, and monitor your gum health at each visit. We will also provide you with the tools and the information you need to keep your gums are healthy for the rest of your life.
Treating Gum Disease
Our office has the technology to treat gum disease with periodontal laser therapy. Periodontal laser therapy is a simple, painless and non-surgical way to remove damaged tissue and infection from around the teeth. After the damaged tissue is removed, some patients may require scaling and root planing to remove plaque buildup below the gum line and near the roots of the teeth. Once damaged and diseased tissue is removed, healthy tissue can grow.
Lasers are beneficial for treating gum disease because they can target damaged areas with precision and accuracy. Periodontal laser therapy is also noninvasive, which means less bleeding, pain, and swelling for the patient. Recovery time is also much shorter than traditional gum surgery.
Call 724-934-3422 today to schedule your dental check up.