Lanap Laser Gum Surgery
Do you have swollen or bleeding gums? Loose teeth? This is called periodontitis (aka gum disease) and it is treated by the advances in laser technology. Today, the procedure is widely accepted as the safest, most effective periodontal therapy. You will find the technology in advanced, state-of-the-art dental hospitals and offices.
WHAT IS PERIODONTITIS?
Periodontitis is the technical term for what is more commonly known as the second stage of gum disease. It is a degenerative condition that specifically attacks the soft tissues of the gums and the underlying bones that hold your teeth in place. Gum disease is mainly something that affects people in their 30’s and 40’s, but it can strike anyone of any age.
There are many causes of gum disease, some of the more common ones are:
Poor oral hygiene
However, despite there being several potential causes, poor oral hygiene is by far the most common cause of the disease. Plaque naturally builds up on our teeth over time. If the plaque is not removed, the bacteria inside it multiply and cause what we know as gum disease. To further add to the complications, if plaque is not removed, it turns into tartar. Tartar has a rough surface which promotes the build-up of even more plaque. The cycle often continues getting progressively worse over time.
Many people who have gum disease are unaware that they have the condition at all. It is often painless, and discomfort resulting from the disease directly is uncommon. However, there is a list of symptoms that can easily be spotted to diagnose the condition:
Gums that bleed when flossing or brushing
Swollen or red gums
Loose or wobbly teeth
A constant bad taste in the mouth
Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
Halitosis (constant bad breath)
Pus from where the teeth meet the gum line
There are 3 stages to gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Each is more severe than the last.
Gingivitis is the beginning stage in which with updated oral health and care from your dentist, signs can be reversed. When gum disease reaches the periodontitis stage, irreversible damage is being done to the body. The tissue that is holding the teeth in place (and the supporting bone structure) is being degraded and weakened. Indentations start to form at the bottom of the teeth. These indentations are food traps and promote plaque build-up beneath the gum line. At this stage, gum disease can only be treated by a dentist.
If left untreated, the gum disease can progress to advanced periodontitis which starts to create more severe issues. The damage that was being done to the tissue and bone is massively increased, and they are both now starting to be irreversibly destroyed. Teeth will become very loose, and tooth loss is usually immanent.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, it is imperative that you contact North Texas Dental Surgery as soon as possible to conduct a full dental examination. We will then advise you on the severity of your condition and explain the different treatment options that are available to you.