Periodontal disease (gum disease), is a serious problem. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that almost 50% of adults over 30 have some level of periodontal disease.
Aside from the lack of understanding about the disease, one reason it’s such a problem is because it can progress to advanced stages with few or no apparent symptoms. Without treatment by the Novato Periodontics Gum Dentist, periodontal disease can impact your oral health as well as your overall general health. Significant research indicates an “oral-systemic link,” a direct connection between periodontal disease and serious general health problems.
Treating Gum Disease with Comfortable Lasers
At its most advanced stage of infection, gum disease (periodontitis) causes gum tissue around teeth to loosen, leading to deterioration of the jaw if not treated. Non-invasive laser dentistry removes infected dental material quickly and with very little discomfort.
Have you had gum surgery in the past and dread the idea of going through it all again? Your dentist may have performed traditional gum surgery to eliminate the infection. This can be painful because it involves cutting sensitive gum tissue.
Fortunately, the Novato Periodontics Gum Dentist offers more comfortable alternatives. We are pleased to offer our patients comfortable laser gum 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.
- Using lasers for gum surgery provides other benefits to our patients:
- Treatment involves very little or no discomfort so it does not usually require anesthesia or injections
- Since laser periodontal treatment does not require invasive cutting, there is minimal bleeding and no need for stitches.
- 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. Detecting gum disease early is the best way to prevent it from becoming serious and threatening your health.