Periodontics involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammation and infection of the gum tissues. It includes the stages commonly known as gingivitis and periodontitis. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
When plaque and tartar are left untreated on teeth and gums, gum disease may develop. You can reduce your risk of gum disease by brushing twice and flossing once every day. You should also have a dental exam and professional cleaning at least twice each year.
Gingivitis includes a variety of mild to moderate symptoms, such as:
- Red, swollen gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Gums bleeding from normal brushing or eating
- Chronic halitosis (bad breath)
- Difficulty or pain chewing
Periodontitis is a more advanced form of gum disease. In this case, gums begin to pull away from teeth, creating small “pockets” along the gum line. Tooth loss, bone loss, and damage to gums and soft tissues can occur with periodontitis.
The most common treatment for gum disease is known as deep cleaning or scaling and root planing. Our hygienist can perform this gentle and effective removal of tartar, calculus, and infected tissue.
Common risk factors for gum disease include poor oral hygiene habits, diabetes, smoking, and hormonal changes. Some medications can also increase your likelihood of developing gum disease. Many recent studies have found that untreated gum disease negatively impacts other aspects of your overall health. This is especially common for patients with cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
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Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)
In order to fight periodontal disease, it is important to have the best technology at your disposal. Many American adults suffer from periodontal disease, which is the leading cause of gum disease and tooth loss. It can even lead to more serious diseases such as stroke, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and diabetes. One of the ways to fight these infectious diseases is by utilizing modern laser technology such as LANAP.
LANAP is an FDA-approved laser gum surgery used for treating gum disease and gum recession. The process is gentle and minimally-invasive to give you the most comfortable experience possible. This process is so gentle that only a local anesthetic is needed, and the whole procedure takes about two hours. A thin laser fiber is inserted between the tooth and the gums to remove diseased tissue and harmful bacteria. This promotes proper healing of the treated tissues and eliminates bacterial buildup. This is the only known procedure to actually regrow the bone around your teeth while decreasing the harmful bacteria and inflammation caused by periodontal disease