Laser dental hygiene is a tool used in our office to sterilize infected gum pockets. The use of the laser is painless, promotes faster healing and reduces inflammation.
Removal of plaque, tartar, and disease from the gums and bone as well as modifying the bony support of teeth by reshaping the attachment of the gums and bone.
PERIODONTAL MEDICINE (DNA AND BACTERIALOGICAL TESTING).
Several studies link chronic inflammation from periodontitis with the development of cardiovascular disease. By using a sample of your saliva, DNA and bacteria can be analyzed and a custom treatment plan developed that is specific to the periodontal infection present in your mouth.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and surrounding bones. This chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue and bones is the cause of 70 percent of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four persons. Over the past decade, medical evidence has weighed in that these infections create more risk for heart disease, heart attacks, brain attacks (stroke) and diabetes. Many of our patients are currently in periodontal treatment, and together with dedicated home care and professional continuing care appointments, we can look forward to improvement and a halt to the advancement of their gum disease.
As part of your examination, we perform a risk assessment. We measure your gums to gauge the extent of disease by measuring the “pocket” depth around each tooth and whether infection is present (bleeding). X-rays detail the condition of the bone supporting your teeth. Advanced disease symptoms include red, swollen or tender gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, gums that pull away from the teeth, loose or separating teeth, puss between the gum and tooth, persistent bad breath, change in the way your teeth fit together, or a change in the fit of a partial denture. By the time any pain appears, it is usually too late and the disease is often untreatable.
Harmful bacteria are the primary cause of gum disease and genetics (certain genes related to how the body deals with inflammation) can also play a role. Poor nutrition, smoking and spit tobacco, high stress, and immune system problems are also more prone to problems and require aggressive intervention.
Treatment will be prescribed specifically for you. We can arrest the disease by “deep cleaning” and flushing the pockets with bacteria reducing medication. In addition, there are antibiotics for specific pockets that are resistant to treatment along with laser treatment. Treatment requires the skill and special instruments of a hygienist. The number of appointments you will need is dependent on the degree of your gum disease, and how your immune system responds to treatment. A local anesthetic will be used to make your treatment more comfortable, and nitrous oxide is also available. Following this treatment, periodontal (supportive) maintenance visits at intervals customized for your situation are necessary to prevent further problems.
We are proud of our soft tissue maintenance program. We want all of our patients to benefit from optimal oral health, and have the opportunity to enjoy their teeth and have improved whole body health their entire lifetime.
HEALTHY TEETH, HEALTHY HEART
Recent studies have linked periodontal disease with overall health risks including heart attacks and strokes. Learn more about Healthy Heart Dentistry, and this quick and easy screening exam.