Periodontal disease or gum disease, is mainly caused by bacteria from plaque and tartar build up. Other factors that have the potential to cause gum disease may include tobacco use, clenching or grinding your teeth, certain medications and genetics.
The Progression of Gum Disease:
Gingivitis – The beginning stage of gum disease and is often undetected. This stage of the disease is reversible.
Periodontitis – Untreated gingivitis may lead to this next stage of gum disease. With many levels of periodontitis, the common outcome is a chronic inflammatory response, a condition when the body breaks down the bone and tissue in the infected area of the mouth, ultimately resulting in tooth and bone loss.
Following an initial examination and X-rays, the goals of our periodontal treatment are to control the cause (bacterial plaque) and the risk factors of gum disease, repair the damage present (pockets) and restore and maintain a healthy environment. In order to attain these objectives, there are 5 main steps:
Laser Periodontal Therapy
No Needles • No Noise • No Pain
At Today’s Family Dentistry we offer Laser periodontal Therapy to remove bacteria from periodontal pockets. It has revolutionized the treatment of gum disease by combining the most effective and established methods of treatment with the precision use of a special laser.
Noticeable advantages and benefits of Laser Periodontal Therapy
over traditional surgery:
- Faster recovery time
- Less damage to healthy tissue
- Minimal gum recession
- Less post-operative stress
- Less pain during or after the procedure
- Minimal bleeding