Gum disease a serious and chronic infection of the gums that results from a buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth. Just like infection found anywhere else in the body, immediate treatment of infection found in the mouth is necessary to avoid its spread and destruction of vital bone and soft tissue. Bacteria leading to gum disease will also not resolve without treatment and the low-grade, chronic infection they cause has been linked to systemic complications including heart disease, diabetes, and other inflammatory diseases. We are experienced in many gum disease treatment options and are pleased to offer patients minimally-invasive laser periodontal therapy to treat gum disease! Along with being virtually painless and efficient, laser periodontal therapy helps to reduce bleeding and swelling at the treatment site and can effectively jumpstart the healing process. Most patients return to work and daily activities the day after treatment! Have you been experiencing symptoms of gum disease? It’s time to take action!
Gum disease – the silent killer of teeth
Inflamed or bleeding gums is commonly a sign of gingivitis, or the first stage of gum disease. The good news is that this stage is reversible with treatment to remove the cause of infection. If you have any of the following symptoms, it is crucial that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible to save your smile and prevent bacteria from spreading throughout your body.
For more severe cases of gum disease, osseous surgery “flaps” back portions of the gum tissue to gain access to the teeth and bone underneath. Bacteria and diseased gum tissue are removed, along with a deep cleaning of the teeth and reshaping of the bone, if necessary. The gums are sutured back in place to reduce pocket depth.