According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is caused by untreated plaque buildup on your teeth and gums. While early gum disease is reversible, the same can’t be said once it progresses into periodontitis. However, our dentists can delay the damaging effects of gum disease with lasers and micro ultrasonic instruments.
Periodontal disease symptoms include:
- Bleeding gums
- Sore gums
- Swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
Benefits Of Gum Disease Treatments
People with periodontal disease often have deep gum pockets around their teeth. Over time, these pockets get filled with plaque and will need to be cleaned by your dentist. During gum disease treatment, your dentist will use a soft-tissue laser to access these pockets. The laser kills bacteria and removes infected tissue, which helps reduce inflammation so your body has a chance to heal. Your dentist will then use micro ultrasonic instruments to remove tartar from both above and below the gum line.
Don’t ignore the early warning signs of gum disease. The longer you wait to seek gum disease treatment, the higher your risk for receding gums or even missing teeth. After gum disease treatment, we make sure you understand how to care for your smile so you can mitigate the effects of periodontitis from home.