Oral Health

Gum Disease

It hides in your mouth, destroying gum tissue and teeth, and it is associated with diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, and pregnancy complications. Don’t think it’s your problem? Conservative estimates report that up to 80 percent of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form.

Seventy percent of adult tooth loss is attributed to gum disease. Recent research shows a link between patients who have gum disease and those who suffer from strokes, heart attacks, or complications with diabetes or pregnancy. Gum disease is silent in that early symptoms may be painless and mild, like swollen gums or bleeding while brushing. Regular dental check-ups are vital because a professional can detect, treat, and reverse gum disease in early stages before major problems arise.

Cause and Effect

Several factors contribute to periodontal disease: plaque buildup, heredity, and lifestyle choices. By far, the most common and controllable factor is bacterial plaque, the sticky, colorless film produced by normal oral bacteria. Bacteria release toxins that break down the natural fibers that bond gums to teeth. When this occurs, pockets between the gums and teeth form, and more bacteria and toxins hide, flourish, and destroy your gums and teeth. Over time, this process can affect not only gums, teeth, and bone within the mouth, but also overall health. Bacteria in your mouth will be inadvertently ingested, and this can compromise your whole-body health.

Maintaining Good Periodontal Health

Regular dental visits at least every six months allow us to keep a watchful eye on the health of your gums. You should also brush twice a day and floss once a day. We will recommend the products that will optimize your oral homecare, and we can also show you the best methods for brushing and flossing. If you have overcome periodontal disease, we will recommend frequent check-ups to help you ensure your mouth stays healthy for a lifetime.

Periodontal Disease FAQ’s

Click here to view educational video; select ‘Periodontal’ then ‘Progression of Periodontal Disease’.

The Periolase is a laser designed especially for Laser periodontal therapy. This is a new option for treating periodontal disease and if you are faced with losing your teeth. Traditional gum surgery involves removing and reshaping the supporting bone around your teeth to reduce the defects caused by the gum infection. This is done by cutting the tissue re-contouring gums and bone and having stitches placed. Problems associated with this surgery are exposed root surfaces, temperature sensitivity and poor esthetics and now less bone is present around the teeth making re treatment in future more difficult. Recovery is often painful.

The Periolase laser provides the new option called LANAP ( Laser assisted new attachment procedure ) A tiny laser fiber (about the thickness of three hairs ) is inserted between the tooth and gum and infection is cleared away. The procedure is fast. It takes (2) 2 hour sessions. The dentist will treat one half of your mouth at each session and you’ll probably feel good enough to go back to work afterwards. The benefits are minimal discomfort, no cutting or stitches, better esthetics, minimal gum recession and new bone growth.

We would schedule a complimentary consultation in the office to explain how the laser works and why this treatment would be beneficial to you. Next, if you decide to proceed we would have an appointment to take records which would involve, xrays, photos and models to make a definitive diagnosis and determine the extent of the infection. Treatment is submitted to your insurance company for pre authorization and you would be fully informed of costs before your LANAP procedure.

You will receive local anesthetic for your LANAP treatment to be comfortable during the procedure. First we measure the pocket depth around the teeth.

The Periolase is then used to denature diseased tissue and pathological proteins.

Next we use an ultrasonic scaler to remove calculus or tartar that is present on the root surface.

The laser then finishes debriding the pocket and establishes a clot to start the healing process.

Your bite is adjusted by the dentist to avoid any trauma to the site while healing occurs.

A soft diet follows for the next few weeks while healing takes place.

Click here to view periolase procedure chart.

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