Laser Periodontal Care for Gum Disease
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an extremely common problem, with most people around the world suffering from the condition at some point in their lives. It is characterised initially by red, bleeding, or inflamed gums caused by plaque buildup. When not addressed, this condition can progress into periodontitis, which can attack the jawbone, cause gum recession, and even result in tooth loss. Untreated gum disease has also been linked to heart disease and stroke, which is why it is important to manage the condition to protect your oral and overall health.
Since the signs of gum disease are often very subtle at first, many people may not even realise they have it. Fortunately, several treatment options exist for reversing or managing gum disease, including laser therapy, which we are proud to offer at The Paddington Dental Surgery to help you improve your oral health.
- What is Periodontal Disease?
- Common Signs of Periodontal Disease
- Periodontal Disease Prevention
- Periodontal Disease Treatment Options
- Periodontal Disease Laser Treatment Cost
What is Periodontal Disease?
Dental health professionals recognise three general stages of gum disease:
Gingivitis, the most basic form of gum disease, is caused by a buildup of bacteria around the gums that leads to a sticky tartar. The development of gingivitis is often caused by insufficient dental hygiene, but smoking, diabetes, and genetics may also put you at risk. The effects of gum disease are typically reversible at this early stage if you resume a regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleaning/exam schedule.
Unfortunately, when gum disease reaches this stage, it cannot be reversed, as lasting damage to the periodontal structures begins to happen. With periodontitis, the infection has begun to spread into the bone and soft tissue, forming a pocket of pus between the teeth and gums. The teeth may begin to pull away from the gums and the gums may recede. Please note that although periodontitis cannot be cured, it can be managed.
At this stage, the divide between the gums and teeth has become so severe that the teeth may begin to loosen or fall out. When you reach this level of infection, you are at a higher risk of developing systemic issues that have been linked to advanced gum disease, some of which can be life-threatening (e.g., diabetes, stroke, and heart disease). As with less advanced periodontitis, the condition can be managed to reduce discomfort and severity of symptoms.
What are Common Signs of Gum Disease?
Symptoms of gum disease at varying levels include:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, puffy gums
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Gum recession
- Noticeable periodontal pockets
- Tooth loss
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
The best way to prevent gum disease is to maintain good oral hygiene. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, following a healthy diet, and attending your regularly scheduled cleanings and exams. In addition, it can be helpful to be aware of the early signs of gum disease (i.e., bleeding, swelling, and chronic bad breath). If you catch gingivitis early enough, you may be able to stop it before it progresses.
What Are My Gum Disease Treatment Options?
The Paddington Dental Surgery treats gum disease using tried-and-true periodontal care procedures in addition to advanced laser technology. Our treatments include:
Scaling and Root Planing
Plaque and tartar in deep pockets along the gum line will be removed non-surgically for improved gum health. After a thorough deep cleaning, the roots are smoothed in an effort to prevent future bacteria from attaching. We will then use our laser to seal the gums, which can speed up your recovery process and limit any pain that you may feel after the procedure.
In lieu of traditional dentistry, many patients prefer laser periodontal treatments because of the very distinctive benefits:
- Less bleeding and swelling after surgery
- No stitches or sutures required
- Virtually painless
- Faster recovery times
- Less risk of infection
- Procedure times shortened
- Longer-lasting results in many cases
We find that the Diode laser is highly effective in treating gum disease. It can also be applied to uneven or excess tissue caused by gum recession in what is known as gum recontouring.
How Much Does Laser Gum Disease Treatment Cost?
The cost of laser gum treatment varies based upon the extent of work to be done, the condition in question, and many other factors. We tailor each procedure to the unique needs of every patient and typically discuss your estimated cost after we have thoroughly examined you and gone over the specifics of the procedure. If you have any questions about financial options, our team would be more than happy to help you.
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