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, genetics, 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 supporting bone. Over time this process can affect your overall 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 at least twice a day and floss once a day. We will carefully monitor to help ensure 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.
The Periolase is a laser designed especially for Laser periodontal therapy. This is a newer 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, improved 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.