Periodontal diseases are infections that affect the tissues and bone that support the teeth. As the tissues become damaged, they form pockets around the base of the teeth and lead to bone loss. If it is left untreated, periodontal disease may eventually lead to tooth loss. It is possible to have periodontal disease without any apparent signs or symptoms. Only regular dental checkups can tell you if you have or are at risk of this disease. Some common symptoms are:
• Gums that bleed easily
• Red, swollen, tender gums
• Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
• Persistent bad breath
• Loose or separating teeth
Periodontal treatments vary depending on the type and severity of the disease. If the disease is caught very early, when it is still gingivitis, it may be as simple as just improving your oral hygiene routine. If your disease is more severe, the first step is usually a special cleaning, called scaling and root planning which removes plaque and tarter from the teeth and roots. This helps the gums heal naturally but it may take more than one visit to make sure that the entire mouth is cleaned. If your disease has progressed to the point of bone loss, we may refer you to a periodontist and your treatment may require surgery to repair the damage. Once the disease has been treated, we will monitor your progress during your next visits to make sure that your gums are returning to their normal state.
The knowledgeable dentists of Dentistry at Grayhawk/ Dentistry at Dove Valley will be using the soft tissue laser for various adjunctive therapies.
These particular lasers use non-ionizing radiation which does not damage cellular DNA to cut, cauterize, and decontaminate gum tissue.
Dentistry at Grayhawk/ Dentistry at Dove Valley uses Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy to treat gum disease by removing the infected gum tissue and decontaminating the periodontal pockets. The laser treatment can also help patients who suffer from aphthous ulcers, or canker sores, as well as herpes labialis, more commonly known as cold sores. Drs. Ata-Abadi at Dentistry at Grayhawk/ Dentistry at Dove Valley are laser trained and use lasers for bio stimulation and root desensitization.
Soft-tissue diode lasers have revolutionized chairside treatment, allowing dental professionals to deliver procedures with greater accuracy and dramatically improved healing times.
Please call us at (480) 513-2773 or talk to your doctor at your next visit if you think you might be at risk.