Periodontal disease impacts millions of people in the United States, and unless treated, this could mean a greater risk of tooth loss and other serious complications. In order to help address gum disease and protect the health and stability of smiles in Independence, MO, our team may use advanced laser dentistry. Learn more about how we employ advanced technology to treat gum disease.
When to Seek Treatment
When should you be concerned about the health of your gum tissue? Let us know if you encounter any changes, such as soreness, redness, or bleeding when you brush and floss. This could point to gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease. Treatment can reverse gingivitis and help manage periodontal disease, preventing serious complications. In the early stages, we may suggest a scaling and root planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, this procedure involves removing all plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots with an ultrasonic scaling device. Taking between one and four visits, this can improve periodontal health and help manage the early stages of the disease.
Avoiding Tooth Loss
Unless treated, periodontal disease could become periodontitis, the advanced stage that actually targets and destroys the tissues connecting your teeth and gums. The teeth become loose and eventually fall out. This is actually the number one cause of adult tooth loss, and can lead to serious complications for your smile’s health and appearance.
If we find you have a more advanced stage of the disease, then we may forgo the scaling and root planing in favor of laser treatment. LANAP, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, uses a dental laser to target and remove infected and diseased tissues from the smile. The technology is precise and accurate, preventing damage to healthy tissue and lowering the risk of bleeding and infection as it cauterizes the treated areas. The healthy gingival tissue then adheres to the teeth, closing periodontal pockets and returning the health of the smile. Often, there is no need for anesthesia and you can return to your normal daily activities within a day or two. If you have any questions about treating gum troubles with laser dentistry, then contact our team today. Don’t risk the health and stability of your smile, let us know if you experience any of the symptoms we’ve discussed in today’s blog!
Do You Have Gum Troubles?
Don’t let poor gum health lead to serious problems with your smile’s health and beauty. For more information on our preventive and restorative treatment options, then schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.