Periodontitis is a long-lasting bacterial infection of the connective tissues and the bone that support your teeth. It causes an inflammation of the gums and, if not treated, the inflammation can damage the bone supporting your teeth. As a result, you can lose your teeth. About 75% of tooth loss in adults is attributed to microbial infections in the gums. There are several periodontal disease treatment options, including laser treatment.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Your mouth is generally full of bacteria which, along with mucus and other elements, form a colorless, sticky “plaque” on the teeth. With proper flossing and brushing, you can remove this plaque. However, plaque that is not removed hardens on your teeth to form tartar, that even continuous brushing cannot clean. It is only a professional dental hygienist who can remove tartar.
How Do You Know That You Have Periodontitis?
Periodontal infection is normally painless. You may start feeling some mild pain when it reaches the advanced stages. There are various symptoms that can indicate periodontal infection. They include receding gums, swollen gums, bad breath, itchy or tender gums, aching and bleeding when brushing. Other symptoms include visible pus between the teeth and gums, as well as tooth loss.
What is The Ideal Treatment for Gum Diseases?
The traditional technique of treating periodontitis through gum surgery is not only time-consuming, but painful as well. Laser Therapy, or Laser Treatment, is the best and most effective method with a variety of benefits. A dentist can prevent, diagnose and treat gum disease. He starts with examining your mouth before discussing the findings and treatment options.
Laser Periodontal Treatment is a conservative and non-invasive technique of treating periodontitis. It does not involve cutting, suturing, or tissue removal, as is the case with traditional gum surgery. The method involves the use of precision laser that can kill 99% of the bacteria living in the periodontal pockets.
How Does Laser Treatment Work?
In periodontal laser treatment, a dental laser is used to access and get rid of the inflamed gum tissue surrounding the root of your tooth. Once the infected tissue has been eliminated and the root exposed, the scaling of the root begins. Scaling involves scrapping off the plaque, and calculus built up under the gum line, as well as around the root.
Your dentist will next smooth the root using instruments to eliminate any rough spots that may attract bacteria, causing future infections. The treated area will then be left to regenerate through the body’s natural healing process.
What are the Benefits of Laser Periodontal Treatment?
- Faster Healing Process
- Less bleeding
- You spend a shorter period in the dental chair compared to traditional surgery
- There is minimal post-op discomfort. Motrin can be used to ease pain
- There is minimal risk of infection – the laser sterilizes periodontal pockets
- There is reduced sensitivity
Laser Periodontal Treatment (LPT) is a breakthrough in gum disease treatment. It takes some of the most efficient treatment strategies that have been used over the years and augments them with the non-invasive use of laser. This special combination of treatments has proven to be as effective as a surgical procedure for the treatment of periodontitis.
LPT has the capability to eradicate infections and heal diseased gum tissues which, if left untreated, could result in tooth loss. Dental infections may also be linked to heart attack, hardening of the arteries, stroke, and premature births. If you want to learn more about periodontitis and its treatment, or if you have other related questions and concerns, please contact the professionals at Ingenious Dentistry.