Gum disease is a progressive disease meaning that the longer it goes without treatment, the worse it gets. The good news is that it is easy to treat and easy to prevent. Gum disease is incredibly common especially in it’s earliest and mildest form, gingivitis. Gingivitis is caused by plaque and tartar building up under and along the gum line. The bacteria can irritate the gums causing inflammation and bleeding. A deep cleaning can remove the buildup of plaque and tartar reversing gingivitis. In the later stages of gum disease, laser periodontal treatment may be needed to reverse the damage caused to the gums by the disease.
What Is Laser Periodontal Treatment?
Traditional periodontal treatment required the use of a scalpel. The process and recovery could be painful. Laser technology allows for a less invasive treatment of the gums. A specially calibrated, diode laser is used to remove damaged or infected soft tissue. The laser is incredibly precise, which lowers the risk of healthy tissue being damaged during the treatment. The treatment cannot reverse advanced gum disease (known as periodontitis), but it can slow or stop its effects.
Gum Disease Without Treatment
As stated above, gum disease is a progressive disease. If the early stage of gingivitis is left untreated, gum disease can cause the gums to recede away from the teeth. This gum recession can threaten the stability of the teeth by causing deep pockets where bacteria can continue to hide and cause decay. The recession can also expose the roots of the tooth to damage. Over time, gum disease can cause the teeth to fall out as their foundation in the gums becomes less secure. Gum disease can threaten your overall health. The inflammation caused by gum disease can spread to other parts of your body increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Treating gum disease can protect your body’s health.
Laser periodontal treatment is fast, effective way to treat gum disease
Our laser technology makes treating your gums more comfortable. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.