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29

Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

Many Americans have gum disease.  In fact, some studies by the American Dental Association say that almost three out of every four Americans have some sort of gum or periodontal disease, but less than 3% of these individuals will have it treated before teeth are lost.  This is really too bad, as numerous treatments are available for gum disease.

Gum disease occurs when plaque builds-up and bacteria silently begin to grow under and around the gums.  Left untreated, gum disease will cause permanent tooth loss.

One of the latest treatments for gum disease uses laser.  Instead of painful surgeries that involve scraping and planning of the gum line and below the gums, the laser is designed to help clean the gums safely and more gently.

After a thorough inspection of your mouth, teeth and gums, your dentist will decide if laser periodontal therapy is right for you.  If you qualify for laser treatment, the laser will be aimed at the gum area where it is diseased, and will gently clean and disinfect the gum line and below the gum.  The diseased areas will then basically evaporate, leaving you with gums and gum lines that are bacteria free.  This process also allows the gum, tooth and bone time to heal … which is an important step in keeping your periodontal disease away.  Because the laser process is more gentle than traditional periodontal disease surgeries, repeated laser treatments may be required.  The average client requires between two and eight laser treatments to completely restore the gums to better health.

If you have been told that you have periodontal gum disease, talk to your dentist to see if laser treatment is right for you!

Posted on behalf of North Point Periodontics

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