Have you been noticing that your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Or that they seem more swollen and tender? While many people pass these symptoms off as normal, they are most likely signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Even if your mouth appears healthy, knowing the common symptoms of gum disease can help prevent the condition from developing or worsening. Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, is an expert in gum disease treatment. She encourages patients to be aware of the signs of gum disease and to be proactive about scheduling routine appointments.
Watch for these 3 common symptoms of gum disease:
- Tender, swollen gums
Healthy gums lay flat against your teeth, with a natural hue ranging from pink to dark purple. If bacterial plaque isn’t properly removed from the teeth, the irritated gums will start to appear red and swollen. You may also experience gum tenderness and even tooth sensitivity.
- Bleeding gums
Gum tissue irritated by the bacteria from plaque buildup will also bleed easily during brushing and flossing. This is one of the most common symptoms of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Luckily, if caught early, this stage can be stopped so it does not progress and harm your smile.
- Receding gums
Gum recession is another sign that gum disease may be present. If bacteria are infecting the gums, they will begin pulling away from the teeth, creating pockets that can easily trap more harmful bacteria.
Think you may have gum disease?
Dr. Anderson specializes in diagnosing and treating gum disease. With years of training, specialized experience, and her masters degree in the field, Dr. Anderson can help treat your symptoms and restore health to your gums and smile. A proponent of minimally invasive treatment, Dr. Anderson uses advanced technologies like the BIOLASE® WaterLase Express™ and Epic X™ dental lasers to provide predictable and safe treatment. Using these protocols, you can expect a superior level of care, a comfortable procedure, and a quick recovery.
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If you need gum disease treatment, you’re most likely looking for the most comfortable and safest procedure. Thanks to today’s advancements in medical technology, laser gum disease treatment is a great option. This modern protocol is the minimally invasive alternative to traditional osseous surgery. Advanced laser gum therapy is performed by Dr. Lauren Anderson, our board-certified periodontist who has advanced training and experience using the BIOLASE® WaterLase Express™ and Epic X™ dental lasers.
You can expect these three benefits, and more, receiving laser gum therapy:
- More comfortable treatment and healing
Using the laser gum disease protocol, Dr. Anderson can provide predictable treatment and a high level of accuracy with the dental lasers. This pin-point precision and elimination of scalpels or sutures help patients experience a more comfortable procedure and recovery.
- Helps preserve soft tissue and bone
Dental lasers are not cutting tools. They use light energy to gently vaporize diseased tissue and bacteria from around the teeth in the periodontal pockets. This helps keep healthy gum tissue and bone intact. The preservation of more hard and soft tissues also helps accelerate healing.
- Promotes faster, healthier healing
As part of the laser gum therapy protocol, Dr. Anderson also uses the dental laser to stimulate the formation of a blood clot. This clot helps the gums reattach to the tooth roots to prevent bacteria from entering the site. With minimal inflammation and bleeding, patients recover quickly and can generally return to normal activities within a few days of the procedure.
Why choose Anderson Periodontal Wellness?
Dr. Anderson is board-certified in periodontics and specializes in diagnosing and treating gum disease. With training in advanced technology like the BIOLASE dental lasers, she provides predictable and comfortable gum disease therapy. With excellence and precision, she can help return your smile to proper health and function with minimally invasive laser treatment.
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Reserve a time to talk with Dr. Lauren Anderson to learn more about laser dentistry for treating your gum disease in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910 to schedule your appointment today.
It is more difficult to smile when the gums or “gingiva” begin to change color, swell and recede exposing longer less esthetic teeth. Gum disease is asymptomatic and as a consequence, many people are unaware they have a gum infection that is leading to loss of bone and teeth. Though gum disease can inflict irreversible damage, gum disease treatment from an experienced periodontist in Bloomfield Hills, MI can help restore your smile. Take a look at how gum disease treatment can help rebuild your smile.
Scaling and Root Planing
The film on teeth known as plaque eventually harden onto roots to form calculus under the gum reducing the efficacy of brushing and flossing. At this stage, a more involved teeth cleaning procedure is necessary to carefully remove the hardened plaque, the trigger for gum disease initiation. Left untreated, the bacterial plaque continues to cause bone loss and move even further down the root of the tooth. This creates bacterial pockets between the gum and tooth that leads to bone loss in these locations.
Scaling and root planing, also known as a “deep cleaning,” targets calculus built up below the gum line. During the procedure, this hardened plaque will be carefully removed from the roots of your teeth. Subsequently, the roots of your teeth will be smoothed over so that the gums reattach uniformly and the depth of your periodontal pockets are reduced. In more advanced cases, minor surgical procedures are required to reach bacteria that cannot be reached during a scaling and root planing appointment.
Laser Gum Therapy
Laser gum therapy is a minimally-invasive solution for addressing gum disease. During laser gum surgery, Dr. Anderson will use a dental laser to eradicate pathogenic bacteria to help preserve the healthy tissue. The discomfort from the procedure is minimal and often times sutures are not required after the procedure is complete. There are cases that are suitable to laser with debridement and also those that require laser use with a surgical approach. Dr. Lauren Anderson will tailor your therapy to effectively address the disease using the least invasive option available.
More on Gum Disease Treatment in Bloomfield Hills, MI
Reserve time to talk with Dr. Lauren Anderson DDS, MS to learn more about your options for correcting your gum disease in Bloomfield Hills, MI by contacting Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910.
To address severe cases of gum disease, there isn’t a better combination than an experienced periodontist and traditional periodontal treatment. However, for less severe cases, there is a less invasive option for removing bacteria to preserve the healthy areas of the gums. Get to know laser dentistry and find out why you might opt for laser therapy for your next dental procedure. Dr. Anderson uses the state of the art BioLase ER/CR:YSGG laser for various periodontal procedures to provide patients with a minimally invasive option.
Just About Pain-Free
With your periodontist using a finely tuned and highly accurate laser to carefully debride diseased gum tissue, you can expect a pain-free procedure and most commonly only mild pain and minimal bleeding at after laser gum therapy.
Armed with a dental laser, a skilled periodontist can precisely remove the etiologic factor of gum disease – pathogenic bacteria and associated toxins – they’re targeting. Because of how precise and accurate dental lasers are, sutures are typically optional to adapt gum tissue into place after your procedure.
Although each patient has sight variations in anatomy and systemic health, most patients report a short recovery period after laser gum therapy making this procedure an appealing option. With minimal bleeding and need for stitches, many people recover from laser gum surgery in Bloomfield Hills, MI in roughly 24 – 48 hours.
Minimally invasive gum surgery is efficient, effective, nearly pain-free and it provides for a quick rebound after your procedure. It is important to keep in mind that in severe cases of gum disease conventional gum surgery is the most predictable way of reaching periodontal stability. To keep laser gum therapy available as an option to manage your gum disease, be sure to stay in contact with your periodontist office to catch small problems before they grow into much bigger issues.
More Ways to Fight Gum Disease in Bloomfield Hills, MI
Take a moment to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson at Anderson Periodontal Wellness to learn more about your options for treating gum disease in Bloomfield Hills, MI.