Patients with periodontal disease do not have to be wary of intensive or uncomfortable surgical treatments. Thanks to technological progress in the dental field, there is now a way to treat many types of gum disease without surgery.
Using advanced hygiene techniques and laser-assisted periodontal therapy (or laser periotherapy), Dr. Terry Bass helps his patients in and around Edmond minimize the effects of decay and damaging bacteria. Please call 405-622-8996 to discuss gum disease treatment options.
Number One Cause of Gum Disease
As you may know, small areas of decay can spread around the mouth, wreaking havoc on teeth and gums. Gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, can easily morph into periodontitis, a potentially serious stage of gum disease. If periodontitis develops, pockets of decay can form around teeth. Factors like smoking and forgetting to brush and floss can cause these pockets of decay to grow, spread, and cause damage. Teeth surrounded by pockets are more susceptible to infection, which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. If the pockets reach a certain size, only professional treatment such as advanced hygiene and laser periotherapy may be able to help.
Advanced Hygiene Targets Hard-to-Reach Areas
An advanced cleaning method called scaling and root planing is the most common and conservative treatment for gum disease. During scaling and root planing, Dr. Bass uses special tools to clean both above and below the gum line. “Scaling” refers to the physical removal of tartar and calculus, and “root planing” refers to the act of smoothing the surface of the tooth root. For patients in the early stages of gum disease, this treatment may be solely recommended. For patients with deep dental pockets, scaling and root planing may be followed by laser periotherapy.
Laser Periotherapy Process
Before periotherapy, patients with large dental pockets may have been forced to undergo gum reduction surgery. Periotherapy offers a less-invasive solution and a nonsurgical method of pocket reduction. During the periotherapy process, Dr. Bass uses special instruments to hand-remove the visible tartar and calculus. He will then use a safe, FDA-approved laser to remove small areas of diseased tissue. The laser energy works by vaporizing the bacteria, eliminating infected gum tissue, and kickstarting the healing process. Several periotherapy treatments may be needed for successful bacteria elimination.
Remember, your semi-annual dental checkup is crucial to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and discovering the early signs of decay before they cause damage.
Choose the Oklahoma City dentist who gives patients the benefit of advanced technology like periotherapy. If you live in the Edmond, Lawton, Norman, or Oklahoma City area, please contact Dr. Bass online or call 405-622-8996 today for a consultation.