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Gum disease, also known as gingivitis and periodontitis, is one of the most destructive oral health conditions to affect the mouth commonly. It’s ability to cause tooth and tissue loss is devastating and quick. When your oral health has been adversely affected due to neglect or a predisposition to bacterial buildup, we have a treatment option that offers far better results than traditional methods – laser periodontal therapy. Using this state-of-the-art technology, we can set in motion the most substantial recovery of this disease available today.
What is periodontitis?
Just as teeth are attacked by bacterial buildups in the mouth, so are the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. When bad bacteria form a cavity in a tooth, there is a high likelihood that it is also affecting the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. When these bacteria start to affect the gums, it will cause a condition known as gingivitis, which is early stage gum disease. Gingivitis doesn’t typically manifest itself with pain or discomfort, so it can be very hard to know when you are affected by it. Symptoms that are known to accompany gingivitis are:
If gingivitis is left unchecked, it can soon turn into periodontitis, which is late stage gum disease. Periodontitis is not a curable condition, whereas gingivitis is, but it can be made manageable with proper treatment. Without treatment, periodontitis can result and tooth, bone, and soft tissue loss. It is even linked with serious medical conditions like stroke, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
Periodontitis is difficult to treat because of how it affects your gums. When bacteria start to buildup beneath the gumline between the tooth and gums, it presents a hard-to-reach target. If left untreated, the bacteria will continue to inflame and affect the tissues in your mouth. Periodontal treatment aims to remove all the harmful bacteria that builds up below the gumline.
Laser Periodontal Therapy in Cedar Park
David Crumpton, DDS was one of the first adopters of laser technology in the Austin, TX. Our team of highly skilled periodontists utilizes all of the latest proven dental treatment technologies to give you, our patients, the most value we can. By adopting the Millennium ND: YAG periodontal laser, we save you time and money on your procedure, while giving you a result that simply can’t be beat.
How does it work?
We can treat periodontal disease using the Millennium ND: YAG with a series of two treatments. The first part of this process involves killing the infected tissues of your gums with the laser. Once your gums have been cleared of infection, we will begin the second step of treatment, which starts with removing the bacterial buildup (tartar) in the pockets of your gums. We use special scaling tools to remove this build-up then come back with the laser. The second run with the laser allows us to give a clean finish to the soft tissues in the pockets, which aids in the healing process.
Benefits of Laser Gum Surgery
When comparing laser gum surgery to traditional gum surgery, there are a huge number of benefits. Lasers give us precision control over every part of the procedure, from the application of treatment to recovery. It takes substantially less time to finish the procedure and for you to recover when using the laser treatment over the traditional periodontal treatment. We don’t have to suture your gums following the procedure. You will not feel discomfort following the procedure. In total, your treatment and your recovery time will total roughly 24 hours!
This treatment method is considered safe for those who have been diagnosed with medical conditions like diabetes, HIV, and even hemophilia. The following is a list of the incredible benefits that laser periodontal therapy affords our patients:
The recovery time for this treatment method is substantially reduced when compared to the traditional method. We typically recommend a soft diet for about a week following your treatment. It is important to follow this diet even though you will feel good enough to eat regular food just a day or so after the treatment.
Please call us today at 817-678-7395 to schedule an appointment. If you notice that your gums bleed easily, or are swollen and red, please schedule an appointment to be seen as these symptoms can be an indicator that you have gum disease.