Although it can be prevented, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have a form of periodontal (gum) disease. The infection destroys the supporting structures for your teeth, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. The bacteria can also enter your bloodstream. As it circulates throughout your body, it increases your risk of a variety of health concerns, like cardiovascular disease. Now, your family dentist can use the latest advancements in dentistry to stop it in its tracks. Laser gum therapy is a safe and effective alternative to common treatments that is virtually pain-free.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease occurs when bacteria found in plaque and tartar infect the gingival tissue. It causes pockets to form between the roots of the teeth and the gum line. This traps additional bacteria that destroy the supporting structures of your teeth.
During its earliest stages, the only signs of the infection may be redness, inflammation, or minor bleeding. They may not seem like a large concern, but as time passes, the complications will become more severe. Over time, the teeth can become loose and fall out.
What is Laser Gum Therapy?
Laser gum therapy is an alternative solution to other treatments that previously required a scalpel and sutures. A highly concentrated beam of light energy targets only the diseased tissue. This provides a higher level of precision to leave healthy tissue untouched for more accurate results. It also sterilizes while it works to kill as much as 99.9% of bacteria. Not only does this treat the current infection, but it significantly decreases the risk of additional complications while you heal. The laser cauterizes your gum tissue as it goes, leading to less post-operative bleeding. Overall, it promotes a faster recovery time with fewer risks.
Laser gum therapy has been shown to aid the recovery of the gingival tissue by encouraging its reattachment to your teeth. This helps seal out bacteria to prevent the infection from reoccurring. Because of all this, patients experience little to no discomfort during or after laser gum therapy.
Is Laser Gum Therapy Right for Me?
If you have periodontal disease, your dentist will perform an initial consultation to create a customized treatment plan. Depending on the severity of the infection, they may recommend you undergo laser gum therapy. There is no need to worry. The treatment is virtually pain-free. In fact, many patients do not even require an anesthetic.
Restore a Healthy Smile
Do not let gum disease ruin your smile. Contact your dentist at the first sign of the infection for periodontal therapy.
About Dr. L. King Scott
Dr. L. King Scott is a trusted family dentist in the community for modern dental care. Supported by over 39 years of experience, he provides state-of-the-art treatments to help his patients achieve optimal oral health. Besides earning his dental degree, he has completed thousands of hours of post-graduate education to provide specialty services, like laser gum therapy. If you have gum disease, he has the personalized solutions you need. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for periodontal therapy.