Diagnosing and Treating Gum Disease
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 50 percent of adults over the age of 30 suffer from gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, it begins with the growth of bacteria around the teeth. This causes infection, which soon leads to the destruction of the supporting bone and gingival tissue. If gum disease is left untreated, it can cause loose teeth, exposed roots, bad breath, bleeding, swelling, pain, and eventually the loss of your tooth. In fact gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. While most people associate gum disease with oral health, recent studies have proven that it affects your entire body. Gum disease is now believed to be a significant linking factor to heart disease. It is considered to have the same degree of impact on your heart as high cholesterol, obesity, and smoking.
At Councill Dental Group, we understand that treating gum disease is crucial for maintaining the health and appearance of your smile. With laser gum therapy, we use dental lasers to perform a safe and comfortable procedure that addresses gum disease and improves overall oral health. Dr. R. Terry Councill and Dr. Jonathan Glass can answer any questions you may have regarding the treatment of periodontal disease with laser gum therapy.
What is Laser Gum Therapy?
When a patient develops gum disease, pockets form at the gum line as the disease progresses. To prevent advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, from forming, the infected gum tissue must be removed and the pockets closed. Laser gum therapy accomplishes this without the use of surgery or stitches. Instead, a concentrated beam of light, specially calibrated for oral use, will be employed to disinfect the gums and remove diseased tissue from inside the gum pockets and around the tooth. The laser also removes plaque from the roots, allowing the healthy tissue to adhere to the tooth’s surface. Laser gum therapy offers a conservative and comfortable alternative to surgery for addressing periodontal disease.
The Benefits of Laser Gum Therapy
- Offers a non-surgical solution to periodontal disease treatment
- Treatment causes little to no discomfort
- Greatly reduces bleeding and the risk of infection following treatment
- Concentrates on the diseased tissue while preserving the healthier tissue to aid in the healing process
- Offers a quiet alternative to the drill
- Often requires little to no anesthesia
Who Qualifies for Laser Gum Therapy?
We believe every patient deserves personalized care and individual attention. This means undergoing a thorough examination so Dr. Councill and Dr. Glass can select the best treatment option for addressing your gum disease. After assessing your dental health and the state of your gum issues, we may recommend laser gum therapy as part of your customized treatment option.
Other Uses of Laser Dentistry
Dr. Councill and Dr. Glass can perform a variety of procedures using laser technology, such as a frenectomy, osseous surgery, cosmetic improvement of the gums, and the treatment of canker sores, herpes lesions, fever blisters, and more. They are also able to use laser technology as a way to recreate healthy gums, and even regenerate areas of bone around certain teeth. With proper home care and regular cleanings, there is a much lower chance of gum disease returning following laser gum therapy.