What Is Periodontal Therapy?

Cosmetic_DentistCosmetic dentists are always working to keep your mouth healthy, treating issues with your gums as well as those effecting your teeth. One option for treating gum disease is to use a diode laser to reduce the presence of damaging (pathogenic) bacteria, and to seal blood vessels in the gums to reduce pain and swelling.

As much as 80 percent of the adult population currently suffers from some form of gum disease, and many have periodontitis, the more serious version of the illness, which can lead to a chronic inflammatory response in which the body turns on itself, and the tissues and bone that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed. The traditional approach to periodontal therapy is to use scaling and root planing to remove the bacterial toxins from teeth and pockets that form around teeth, thus removing a key source of “fuel” for  severe gum disease. Laser therapy can augment this approach when the gum disease is recurrent and unresponsive to other types of interventions.

Periodontal therapy may be performed over a number of weeks, depending on the amount of disease around your teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will clean out pockets of harmful bacteria with the laser tool. This type of therapy is often successful in reducing the number of bacteria present immediately after treatment, and patients who return for a check-up months later continue to see a low bacteria count and a marked reduction in the presence of gum disease.

In addition to treating gum conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis with laser therapy, this tool can also be useful in reducing troublesome tooth sensitivity and eliminating canker sores or fever blisters.

“Lasers are not just futuristic science-fiction devices – they have a place at your dentist’s chairside treatment tray,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist who practices in central Phoenix. “They can bring significant healing to those suffering from protracted episodes of gum disease.”

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