Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)
Do you have bad breath? Do you have bleeding or swollen gums?
More adults lose their teeth due to periodontal disease than any other single cause. Symptoms can include bad breath, bad taste, loose and/or sensitive teeth, swollen and bleeding gums and gum infections. Over 80% of our adult population has some form of gum disease-from early beginning periodontitis(which can be easily treated and contained) to moderately advanced and advanced stages that may require aggressive laser or surgical treatment and may have questionable or poor prognosis. We take periodontal disease very seriously; treatment modalities include deep cleaning (scaling & root planning called SRP), antibiotics, periodontal laser treatment, splinting, bone grafting and rigorous hygiene (perio) maintenance.
Patients with diagnosed periodontal disease are treated with a highly individualized regimen with treatment tailored to the patient’s individual and specific needs.
Periodontal Laser Therapy
NEW TECHNOLOGY – NEW COMFORT
Introducing a virtual “God-Send for the vast majority of adults with gum disease. The newly (FDA) approved“millennium” laser. “It does for the gums what “lasik” did for the eyes! ”
What is Laser Periodontal Therapy?
Laser Periodontal Therapy is a laser based technique for the treatment of periodontal disease using the Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., Periolase Laser.
Fear of periodontal treatment vanishes when patients find out no scalpel or sutures will be used.
Our office is one of the first in the area to offer Laser Periodontal Therapy for the treatment of gingivitis and/or periodontitis.
How does it work?
Tartar, associated with inflamed and bleeding gums, is removed from the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic scaler and small instruments.
Then, a small amount of light energy from a laser is directed through a small fiber-optic, which is worked and directed between the gum and tooth. This laser ( specific light energy) removes diseased tissue and destroys the bacteria associated with the disease. After the area is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, normal healing in the area can take place naturally.
Does it hurt?
Although the procedure itself can be virtually painless, we usually use a local anesthetic and often recommend sedation for sensitive or apprehensive patients. When our patient are 100% comfortable, we can precisely direct the laser for optimal results. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and of short duration.
How long does it take?
Initial treatment is focused on scaling and the use of small instruments to remove the tartar (think of it like a coral reef on your teeth) Then, the laser portion of the treatment is performed and normally only takes about an hour or so depending on the severity of patient’s periodontal disease. Depending on the circumstances, the treatment may be accomplished in one or multiple office visits. Patients should discuss their role and responsibility in the overall treatment and prognosis of their periodontal disease.
Does this treatment cost more than traditional gum surgery?
Great news! Because this procedure is faster and easier for both the patient and the doctor, the cost is actually less in most cases. There are other factors which may affect the cost, such as the severity of the periodontal disease, and how many teeth are involved and need for splinting.
The dramatically increased comfort and improved prognosis for our patients makes the new system very attractive to our office. We do encourage patients to take early care of the need now to reduce further damage to their gums, teeth and bone.