The symptoms of periodontal disease are wide and varied including red and swollen gum tissue, bleeding gums, bad breath, gum recession and loose teeth. Having one of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have periodontal disease, but more than one would indicate seeing your dentist for needed treatment. Technology has improved over the years and a most successful treatment is available in the form of laser dentistry in Dallas.
Depending on the severity of your disease, your dentist might initiate treatment with scaling and root planning. This involves a deep cleaning to remove bacterial plaque and tartar. Scaling consists of scraping calculus from above and below and gum line. Root planning smoothes the tooth’s root surfaces.
For many with periodontal disease, this procedure is sufficient to stop the progression. However, it will be necessary to continue to monitor by consistent visits to your dentist. If deep periodontal pockets and infection remain after root planning and scaling, periodontal surgery might be recommended.
The use of laser dentistry to perform periodontal surgery offers many advantages. There is much less chance of infection as the light beam from the laser sterilizes the surrounding tissue during the procedure. During this procedure, the dentist is basically performing a deeper cleaning and removing any diseased tissue, and after completion the gum tissue is positioned to minimize pocket depth.
Laser dentistry is very effective for the particularly anxious patient (no more whirring drill sounds). The use of lasers allows for faster and more precise techniques which translate to less time in the chair for the patient. The use of lasers to treat periodontal disease also reduces damage to surrounding tissue, bleeding is minimized due to the high-energy light which aids in the coagulation of blood vessels, swelling is reduced and post-operative discomfort and healing time are diminished.
Different lifestyle factors can contribute to the development of periodontal disease. Smoking, substance abuse, stress, and diet are all factors that we can control. Aging and genetics are also factors that can contribute to the development of this dental disease. Vigilant brushing and flossing along with regular visits to the dentist are critical to the prevention of periodontal disease.