When bacteria attack the gums, the resulting periodontal disease can have serious consequences for your oral health and your overall well-being. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss or abscesses, and it appears to have some relationship with systemic issues like heart disease and diabetes.
If you show signs of gum disease, like bleeding gums or pockets in the gums, your dentist will recommend the treatment based on the severity of your case. When periodontal disease is advanced, some gum tissue may need to be removed to eliminate the disease-causing bacteria.
In years past, gum disease often warranted surgical treatment to remove the affected tissue. After the tissue was removed, the pocket would be cleared of bacteria, and the flap of gum tissue would be re-stitched in place to promote healing.
If you show signs of gum disease, like bleeding gums or pockets in the gums, your dentist will recommend the treatment based on the severity of your case.
Some patients were put off by the idea of such an invasive intervention. Now, laser dentistry can be used to treat this condition without any incisions or stitches.
Lasers at particular wavelengths can effectively excise the portion of the gums that is diseased and kill any bacteria in the area. The lasers also can seal off the pocket to restrict bacteria from accessing the area in the future.
Many patients find laser dentistry to be more comfortable than traditional surgery. Some are able to tolerate the procedure with only a local anesthetic while others may prefer to choose an additional sedative.
Lasers generally leave behind less damage than traditional surgical instruments and can target diseased tissue more effectively, allowing the patient to heal more quickly following a laser treatment. Lasers also cause less bleeding.
After you are treated for gum disease, it’s important to work with your dentist to develop a self-care plan that will help you prevent a relapse. Home oral hygiene is essential to reducing your chances of a recurrence of gum disease. You also should stick to a schedule of semi-annual appointments with your dentist.
When surgical treatment is recommended for gum disease, patients should explore all of their options, including laser dentistry. To discuss the various methods of treating gum disease with Dr. Philip Kozlow, call our office today.