RENEW GUM HEALTH PERIODONTAL THERAPY
Periodontal (gum) disease affects more than half of all US adults over the age of 30. An even more alarming statistic is that as much as 80% of these patients are completely unaware of their condition. At Smiley Dental, our dentists and team screen for warning signs of periodontal disease as part of every appointment. Our goal is to prevent gum disease if possible and diagnose and treat the disease in its earliest stages when we’re unable to prevent it. If you’d like to find out more about periodontal therapy in our Lowell or Roslindale, MA office, contact our team.
Laser Periodontal Therapy is a conservative and noninvasive method of treating periodontal gum infections without involving cutting, suturing or removing tissue. With the help of a precision laser, 99% of bacteria can be killed that are present in the periodontal pockets. Bacteria cannot protect them from laser or avoid and adapt riddance.
The traditional method of treating this infection was time-consuming and painful, but laser therapy is the best treatment as it is quick and pain-free that effectively treats periodontal infections. A Periodontist has ability to prevent, diagnose and treat periodontal disease. He first examines your mouth and then discusses findings and treatment choices.
In this treatment, a small laser fiber is introduced between the gum and the tooth. This laser beam acts straightaway on cellular structures, destroy altering DNA, changing metabolic processes, cell walls, and unglued the polysaccharide structure of the biofilm. The bacterial infection is completely removed. The cleaned pockets are then allowed to heal themselves. This is how laser therapy works. It is very simple and quick process.
Benefits of Laser Periodontal Therapy
• You will face minimum discomfort with laser therapy as compared to the traditional method of treating periodontal infections, which involved cutting and removing tissue.
• You will get better and long-lasting results with laser treatment. It has been found that more than 95% of treated patients remain stable after therapy.
• Laser therapy takes less time than the traditional surgical method. Moreover, you don't need to visit your dentist often, but in traditional method you have to pay subsequent visits for suture removal.
• The recovery period of laser periodontal therapy is less than 24 hours, so you don't need to take off from your work.
• People have several questions about safety in laser method. This therapy is completely safe, especially for the people with health issues like HIV, diabetes, hemophilia, etc.
It has been found that there are different types of periodontal infections that cannot be treated with traditional methods. Laser therapy is considered as a new and effective alternative to treat chronic periodontitis.
WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?
The word periodontal is actually made up of two Latin words “perio” which means around and “odont” which means tooth. Thus, periodontal disease is infection, damage, and irritation of the tissues around the tooth. Gum disease typically occurs when plaque and tartar builds up at the gum line causing sores and breaking down healthy tissue. In the early stages, gingivitis, the symptoms are very mild and may include soft tissue bleeding during oral hygiene and swollen or discolored gums. In the advanced stages, periodontitis, the symptoms are more severe and may include:
- Red, purple, or discolored gums
- Inflamed, swollen, or infected gum tissue
- Breakdown of gums, teeth that appear longer, which may indicate soft tissue recession
- Teeth that feel loose, a bite that doesn’t fit together well, or tooth loss
Gum disease not only affects your teeth and mouth but can affect your health, there are numerous studies linking gum problems to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, lung infections, fertility problems, arthritis, Alzheimer's and even cancer.
The good news is gum disease is easy to treat and prevent. Daily brushing and flossing plus regular professional cleans by your dentist or hygienist reduce your risk of developing gingivitis and if you already have gum issues your dentist can assist you to reverse the damage.
The condition of your gums, tongue and soft tissues tell a lot about the health of your mouth and body. Gum disease can indicate underlying medical conditions and your risk for related health problems.
How To Tell if You Have Gum Disease
Early stage gum disease is usually not painful, so you can have it without even realizing.
The warning signs are: swollen, soft, red bleeding gums, blood on your toothbrush or in the sink when you spit out after cleaning your teeth.
Bleeding gums mean you have inflammation and inflammation is detrimental not only to your gums but to your health.
What Causes Gum Disease? In a nut shell – it is plaque. Plaque is the invisible, sticky bacterial film that grows on your teeth. Plaque is fed by sugars and starch from your food. The more carbohydrates you consume the more plaque you create and the more you increase your risk for gum disease and dental decay.
HOW IS GUM DISEASE TREATED?
When diagnosed in the early stages, gum disease is typically treated with more frequent professional teeth cleanings. However, as the disease becomes more severe, advanced treatment is necessary. At Smiley Dental, we begin with scaling, the systematic removal of plaque and tartar. Then, we complete root planning, the smoothing of tooth roots to prevent future buildup.
Effective tooth brushing techniques combined with a regular routine of flossing is a great start in keeping gum disease at bay. Plaque build-up which is untreated will eventually lead to gum disease however, regular brushing and flossing can remove most of this plaque. Plaque build-up between the teeth is hard to reach with a tooth brush. Dental floss can reach these areas and remove most of the plaque.
For complete peace of mind, schedule regular dental visits; these can be every three to six months and will involve clearing those plaque deposits which are unreachable by brush or flossing techniques and which settle under the gums.
Gum Disease Prevention And Control Tips
It's not rocket science in maintaining good dental hygiene. The following four-step checklist will give you a good platform in which to keep gum disease in check.
1. Daily oral hygiene is a must. Also, regular brushing and flossing at least twice a day.
2. If you notice bleeding from your gums don't ignore it. Schedule an appointment with your dentist who will recommend a treatment program. Bleeding is usually the first sign of gum disease and if acted on quickly, can usually be cleared up without long, on-going treatment.
3. Regular dental visits at least twice a year should be maintained. Your dentist will perform cleaning involving clearing plaque and calculus build up around and between the teeth and below the gum surface.
4. Gum pockets are an area most people are not aware of. Build up in gum pockets can lead to abscess formation and infection and only you dentist can identify and treat the areas affected.