Gum Disease Laser Therapy

Periodontal or gum disease happens when bacteria gets below the gum line and the attachment between the gum and tooth is lost. Three out of four Americans have some form of periodontal disease and only 3 out of 100 will ever get treated before it is too late.

Gum disease is a silent, chronic, painless and communicable bacterial infection that often goes undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction is unbearable and no longer able to be ingored. Left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss.Gum disease has also been linked to increase risk of heart attack, cardiovascular disease, difficulty in controlling diabetics, preterm birth and possibly many other systemic health problems. It is not just about the health of the gums and the bone that supports the teeth.

Treatment for gum diseasecan vary depending on how far the disease has progressed. Non-surgical therapy (scaling and root planing) can be performed for early to moderate gum disease. More advance disease may require referral to a specialist for surgery.Dr. Goris may elect to use a laser to remove the diseased soft tissue surrounding the affected teeth.

Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar from below the gumline and is usually done under local anesthetic. Ultrasonic and hand instruments are used to clean and smooth the root surface to allow the tissue to heal. Treatment may require several visits and antibiotics may need to be administered into the pockets.

After treatment is completed, it is essential to maintain frequent visits (usually every 3 month) to control the disease and preserve the support of the teeth.