GUM DISEASE TREATMENT
Laser Gum Treatment in Warner Robins, GA
If your gums are unusually tender and red or if flossing causes your gums to swell and bleed, you may be suffering from periodontal disease (gum disease). This is quite common – three out of four adults are diagnosed with periodontal disease each year. Nearly 70% of adult tooth loss can be attributed to gum disease.
Periodontal disease is caused by an excessive build-up of bacterial plaque on the teeth. As the plaque hardens, toxins are released from the bacteria causing the gum (soft tissue) to become irritated. The soft tissues around the teeth become increasingly damage with the progression of the disease, as does the hard tissue, or bone, that support the teeth.
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What is gum disease?
Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disease, that is set in motion by bacterial infection in genetically susceptible individuals.
How does it work?
Certain bacteria that live in our mouths can fasten themselves to our teeth. They form a sticky biofilm called plaque. The presence of plaque may result in surface inflammation called gingivitis. The good news is that at this stage gum disease is 100% reversible. If the germs (plaque) are removed by you, your dentist, or hygienist that disease will vanish. If the gingivitis persists up to 50% of us may overreact to the bacteria based on our genetic profile. The result is excessive inflammation and a much more serious condition; periodontitis (old name Pyorrhea) can develop. Deeper structures are now involved. The inflammation causes the fibers that hold the gum to the tooth to dissolve. Eventually “pockets” form between the teeth and gums. These “privileged sites” or “germ hotels” attract other bacteria that can’t live int he open. Soon bone begins to be lost and eventually teeth loosen. Unfortunately, the inflammation that causes periodontitis has systematic effects. These include increased risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, pancreatic cancer, and for pregnant patients premature birth.
How do I know if I have the problem?
Classic symptoms at this point may be gums that bleed on brushing or they may seem tender or puffy. Sadly for many individuals surface signs may be minimal. Once the disease progresses below gum level, bleeding may not be noticed.
As the disease progresses, gums often recede and teeth may become loose. Pain comes late if at all. Fortunately your dentist can easily determine if you have the problem by a simple test (probing).
What are the risk factors?
Risk factors include: ineffective oral hygiene, family history of gum disease or diabetes, irregular dental care, and smoking. Smoking does not by itself cause gum disease, but accelerates damage in at risk individuals.
How is it treated?
If the infection can be eliminated the inflammation will cease. Early disease can be reversed by aggressive cleaning. Once pockets reach a certain depth, effective treatment usually requires gum surgery to eliminate the pocket. In the past this has meant cutting away tissue and reshaping or grafting bone.
LANAP on the other hand is a procedure that uses a specialized laser to destroy bacteria, alter tissue and seal the pocket so healing progresses from the inside out! This patented technique (protocol) has been submitted to the FDA, and the claimed results verified. It works! For the patient it means, no cutting, no sewing, greatly reduced post-op discomfort or pain. Many teeth classified in the past as “hopeless” are returned to useful function.
LANAP treatment can be scheduled for one visit or half mouth sessions. Your doctor will review the pros and cons to decide which sequence is best for you. Sedation (oral or IV) is available.
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