Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a serious problem because it can progress to advanced stages with few or no obvious symptoms. Without treatment by the Novato Periodontics Gum Dentist, periodontal disease can impact your oral health as well as your overall general health.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that almost 50% of adults over 30 have some level of periodontal disease. Emerging studies show a direct connection between periodontal disease and serious general health problems.
Gum Treatment with Comfortable Lasers
When periodontal disease reaches the advanced stages of infection (periodontitis) it can begin to loosen gum tissue which can lead to deterioration of the jaw if not treated. Non-invasive laser dentistry removes infected dental material quickly and with very little discomfort.
If you had periodontal disease in the past, your dentist may have performed gum surgery to eliminate the infection. Traditional gum surgery can be painful, and many patients put off treatment due to a negative experience with gum surgery in the past.
Fortunately, we have more comfortable alternatives, and at the Novato Periodontics Gum Dentist office we use laser periodontal treatment in place of cut-and-stitch gum surgery. Periodontal treatment performed using dental lasers provides an exceptional alternative to traditional gum surgery because we do not have to cut into tender gum tissue. Treatment with dental lasers also results in minimal bleeding, requiring virtually no recovery time. You will be able to go on with your day as usual immediately following treatment.
Health Benefits of Laser Periodontal Treatment
Laser dentistry provides other benefits as well:
- Since laser periodontal treatment does not require invasive cutting, there is minimal bleeding and no need for stitches.
- In most cases anesthesia and needles are unnecessary during laser treatment since there is little or no discomfort involved.
- Laser dentistry destroys harmful bacteria and promotes healthy tissue regeneration.
Treatment for periodontal disease also helps protect your overall health. A strong connection has been established between the presence of periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as heart disease, respiratory disease, pregnancy complications, and diabetes.
If you suspect you have periodontal disease, please contact our dentist office. Catching gum disease early is the best way to prevent it from becoming serious and threatening your health.