Periodontal or gum disease happens when bacteria gets below the gum line and the attachment between the gum and tooth is lost. Three out of four Americans have some form of periodontal disease and only 3 out of 100 will ever get treated before it’s too late.
Gum disease is a silent, chronic, painless, and communicable bacterial infection that often goes undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction is unbearable and no longer able to be ignored. Left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss and traditional treatment can hurt.
The latest conservative gum therapy uses a laser to heal with precision. The laser gently disinfects and evaporates diseased tissues from around the tooth and inside the gum pocket. This treatment interrupts the bacterial destruction of the tissues and bone, giving the gum pocket a chance to heal.
In the past, gum treatments were applied to the entire mouth to be effective, but with new developments in laser-dentistry, we are able to treat individual problem areas with precision and reduce the amount of invasive surgical activity needed. This precision saves the patient and dentist time by reducing the inflammation that can take place after treatment, because dental lasers are a surprisingly gentle tool.
Systematic repeated visits, generally 2-8, allow the gum pocket to be disease-free and sometimes allow tissues to reattach to the pocket to a normal or near-normal depth. This new laser therapy is gentle, less painful, exact, and has a quick recovery period. In using dental lasers we hope to reduce the total area of treatment, so healthy areas are left alone while only the areas that need attention are affected.