Put simply, gum disease/Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease affecting the gum and bone around a tooth.
Periodontis involves progressive loss of bone around the teeth, and if left untreated, can lead to the loosening and loss of teeth. Periodontitis is caused by bacteria that stick to and grow on tooth surfaces. Your body reacts to these bacteria and causes an aggressive immune response speeding up the loss of bone around the teeth. It has now been linked to other health issues.
Periodontitis has very few symptoms and in many people the disease has progressed before seeking treatment because it is often painless. But symptoms can include.
Normally good oral hygiene and regular visits to a hygienist is enough to maintain a healthy mouth. But with some conditions a more direct approach is needed. At No.65 we have invested in the latest laser technology so that we can provide the latest and best way of treating gum disease.
The laser kills bacteria in the infected periodontal pocket using light and water, no chemicals. This removes infected tissue that lines the periodontal pocket painlessly and allows healthy tissue to regrow and re-attach reducing the pocket depth. The Laser treatment also stimulates the bone cells to actually grow bone back into the previously infected areas again reducing the size of the periodontal pocket and stabilising the tooth.
At No.65 The Dental Surgery our dentists can help you with gum disease treatment. Contact us today to find out more about laser periodontal therapy or schedule a consultation with Mark or Paul.