Gum disease isn’t always noticeable at the beginning, which is one of the reasons it’s such a dangerous condition. Gum disease begins with an infection of gum tissue caused by bacteria-releasing plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth. If not treated properly, gum disease can progress until it harms both oral and physical health. In fact, it’s the number one cause of tooth loss in adults! The many dangers of gum disease include irreversible gum and bone loss, tooth loss, and complications in related systemic conditions like diabetes, respiratory disease, and heart disease. Treating gum disease in its earliest stages is critical to preserving the health of your smile and maintaining optimal overall health. Our experienced dentists treat gum disease in Bowling Green, KY with both traditional methods and dental laser therapy both to remove disease and restore proper health. If you’ve noticed your gums look red or bleed whenever you brush and floss, don’t wait to schedule an appointment at our office!
We always begin gum disease treatment with conservative, non-surgical scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning of the teeth and periodontal pockets includes removing plaque and tartar buildup from the tooth surfaces (scaling) and smoothing the enamel to discourage calculus and bacteria to attach (root planing). With a healthier environment, gums can reattach around the teeth, reducing periodontal pocket depth and preventing future infection.
Once gum disease has been treated, patients still need deep cleanings to ensure the disease does not return. Periodontal maintenance is this deep cleaning every 3-4 months to clear the periodontal pockets of bacteria and remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth.
Many patients feel apprehensive about undergoing surgery for gum disease. We help alleviate this anxiety by offering laser gum surgery! Using our Lightwalker dental laser, we can painlessly eradicate diseased gum tissue, remove calculus from the tooth surfaces and bacteria from the periodontal pockets, and cauterize the tissue to create a healthy healing environment. Because laser gum disease treatment doesn’t need scalpels, incisions, or sutures, this treatment is much more comfortable and minimizes pain, bleeding, and swelling once the procedure is over. Many patients choose this revolutionary alternative treatment due to its level of comfort, efficiency, and reliability!
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