Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
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What Is Non-Surgical Periodontal? Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque (bacteria and their byproducts/toxins) is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions. With the advanced technology of Laser Dentistry, we are now able to broaden our scope of "non-surgical" services and improve the standard of care for all our patients. The Odyssey Diode Laser is painless, non-antibiotic, quick, effective and safe! This allows us to use Laser Dentistry in conjunction with scaling and root planning to provide the optimal care for the fight against periodontal (gum disease). Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that bleed during and after brushing/flossing
- Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
- Receding gums
- Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Changes in the way teeth fit together when biting, or in the fit of partial dentures.
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gum tissue. Gums become irritated and swollen due to a plaque or tartar build up along the gum line. The gums may be sore, bleed easily and appear puffy, soft and swollen. No bone structure is lost around the teeth at this stage of gum disease. If oral hygiene habits are poor, gingivitis may progress to periodontitis.Early and Moderate Periodontitis
Periodontitis begins when persistent inflammation of the gums advances into the deeper underlying structures and bone. At this stage plaque and (sometimes) calculus is found below the gum line. The gums may feel irritated, appear bright red or blue/purple, and bleed easily. The ligaments holding the tooth in its socket break down and the gums pull away from the teeth, resulting in a periodontal pocket or space between the tooth and gum. Regular dental check ups are very important in assessing your periodontal health.Advanced Periodontitis
At the advanced stage of periodontitis the gums severely recede (pull away from the tooth); pockets deepen and may fill with pus. There may be swelling around the root and you may experience sensitivity to hot and cold or feel pain when brushing your teeth. This is due to severely receding gums exposing the root surface. As bone loss increases, your teeth may lose so much support they need to be removed to preserve the overall health of your mouth. Check your gums thoroughly and frequently, and go for regular dental checkups to detect early stages of gum disease, when it is easiest to treat.Deep Pocket Therapy
Lasers can now be used for what is called 'Deep Pocket Therapy". This is a condition where bacteria is growing deep at the root of your tooth right inside the bottom of the gum. Inside this deep pocket, your gum tissue is inflamed from the attacking bacteria and surgery would be a traditional option to treat the infected area. Now using Lasers, Dr. Tomimoto can use a minimally invasive procedure to remove the bacteria while being as minimally invasive as possible. By using a special attachment he is able to get the laser right to the root of the problem!
With regular dental treatment and a consistent effort on your part, the progression of gum disease can be stopped and further tissue destruction can be prevented.