Gingivitis, Periodontitis, and Advanced Periodontitis are
Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by oral bacteria building up between your teeth and gums. This bacteria slowly attacks the gum tissue and begins to infect and destroy it.
- “Gingivitis” is the first stage of Periodontal Disease. During this stage the damage to your teeth and gums is typically reversible with proper care and oral hygiene.
- “Periodontitis” is the second stage of Gum Disease. At this stage, some permanent damage may have been done to your teeth and gums, but the progression of the disease can still be halted.
- “Advanced Periodontitis” is the final stage of the disease. Once the disease progresses to this point, you may require invasive oral surgery to restore your dental health, such as extraction and tooth replacement with dentures or implants.
Recognizing The Symptoms of
Gum disease has several easily recognizable signs and symptoms: sensitive, puffy and red or dark gums, bleeding while brushing, gums tender on touching, bad breath (halitosis), foul taste. pain while chewing, loose teeth, gums pull away from teeth. In cases of advanced periodontitis, you may notice that your teeth are loose, or your teeth may even begin to fall out because their roots are decaying and dying.
Effects Of Periodontal Disease and
Your Overall Health
Periodontitis may increase your risk of other health complications like stroke, diabetes and heart diseases. Proper oral care and periodontal treatments are required to eliminate the disease and safeguard your overall health.
Treating Gum Disease with
Deep cleanings, also called “Scaling and Root Planning”, are done with specialized dental tools to remove plaque and bacteria present between your gums and teeth. If you notice any signs and symptoms of gum disease, please schedule appointment with us immediately to get the treatment.
Periodontal or gum disease is an infection of the supporting tissues and bone that hold the teeth in place, caused by polymicrobial bacteria. Bacteria multiply and travel along the tooth root surfaces and produce a hard substance known as tartar. The gums become red and puffy in response to the presence of bacteria, eventually culminating in tooth loss, bone loss, or even heart disease if left untreated.
Traditional chairside protocol consists of use of ultrasonic scalers to remove tartar, biofilm, and toxic bacteria from tooth root surfaces. This can cause bleeding, swelling, and pain.
A Wise alternative
Laser treatment is a non-surgical, tissue-preserving, regenerative, and bone-building procedure offered as an alternative to traditional treatment. Lasers provide fast, simple and highly effective treatments for procedures such as
- Sulcular debridement or soft tissue curettage
- Gingivoplasty and gingivectomy
- Gum pigmentation removal
- Crown lengthening
- Implant recovery
- Periodontal regeneration and many more
Lasers use tiny beams of light to access an infected pocket and kill the infected tissue and bacteria. Once the infected tissue is removed and the root is exposed, the calculus is removed with an ultrasonic root cleaner. Lastly, laser energy is used to warm the stem cell that contains blood in the pocket, which creates a seal of tissues against the tooth root.
Laser technology demonstrates positive effects on decreasing bacteria, removing calculus, assisting in tissue reattachment, and biostimulation for better healing.
Lasers are considered leading-edge treatment for periodontal disease. Advantages of laser treatment include:
- Enhanced success
- Reduced anxiety in patients
- Eliminated drill noise and noisy ultrasonic instruments
- Limits bleeding
- Minimizes risk of bacterial infection
- Preserves healthy parts of the teeth
- Sealed periodontal pockets
- Reduced gum trauma
- Minimized swelling during treatment
- Faster healing time
- Can be optimized for patients
We at Right choice dental care use Fotona’s dual-wavelength LightWalker® Er:YAG and Nd:YAG dental lasers which are the perfect tools for performing the widest variety of precise laser-assisted periodontal procedures in a minimally invasive, cost-effective manner to greater patient satisfaction.