Non Surgical Periodontal Treatment with Scalings and Laser
Gum disease is a serious dental health issue because it can affect your general overall health.
According to the ADA (American Dental Association) it is estimated that three out of four adults older than 35 have periodontal disease.
The ADA recommends that you visit a dentist immediately if you notice the following warning signs of gum disease:
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that appear to be pulling away or separating from the teeth
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Mouth sores
- Constant bad breath
The best way to treat early stages of periodontal disease is with 2 non-surgical, minimally invasive procedures: Scaling and Planing and Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LAPT).
Scaling and root planing is a cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and tarter from deep periodontal pockets and smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial contamination.
Once the tartar is gone a diode laser can be used remove the infected tissue around the teeth destroying all the harmful bacteria that contribute to gum disease and stimulating the gums to heal.
The laser procedure is safe and gentle on the soft tissues. Sutures are rarely needed and the procedure can be completed without anesthesia.
The goal of this treatment is to promote reattachment of healthy gums to teeth. LAPT can reduce swelling, shrink the depth of the pockets, minimize the risk of infection and stop disease progression.
The FDA has approved non-surgical laser treatment of periodontitis after finding it to be a safe and effective therapy when used in conjunction with scaling and root planing (SRP) treatment.
With non-surgical therapy, scaling and good oral hygiene, the gum tissue will heal and reattach to the tooth.
Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are an essential part of preventing periodontal diseases.