Gum disease can be a bother if left untreated. Bone and gum degenerate when bacteria is left to fester under the gingival margin. Teeth become longer looking and mobile. Looking into gum disease treatments is a great place to start if you suspect you have a periodontal issue.
A visit to a periodontist like Dr. Lauren Anderson can help you find out if you have gum disease and how advanced it is. Even if advanced, you can still benefit from leading-edge solutions that make use of high-tech lasers with a minimally invasive approach.
How does minimally invasive laser gum treatment work? Dr. Anderson has invested in laser technology to make non-surgical procedures more effective and minimize the surgical approach to disease management. Specifically, the laser eradicates bacteria causing the disease without aggressive flap reflection. The BIOLASE® WaterLase Express™ and Epic X™ lasers are used at specific settings to address diseased or infected gum tissue. The result is a reduction of the periodontal pathogens, pocket length and a restoration of a healthy periodontium or mouth.
How do laser periodontal treatments benefit patients?
For years, patients have worked with their periodontists to manage their gum disease through invasive treatments that involve aggressive measures to approach the infection. Though these treatments are effective, they cause more significant discomfort, bleeding, and longer recovery times. Laser gum treatments have revolutionized oral care and given Dr. Anderson superior tools to address periodontal disease in patients of all ages.
Benefits you can experience from laser-assisted periodontal treatments include:
- Minimally Invasive Approach. Lasers present an efficient, non-surgical way to shrink the extent and severity of your gum disease. If surgical intervention is needed, lasers can ensure that the surgery happens quickly with the least amount of trauma to the teeth, gums, and nerves.
- Predictable Results. Once a patient with gum disease achieves stability, a hallmark of laser-assisted gum treatments, our team can help the patient maintain those results at home and during alternating maintenance cleanings with the general dentist.
- Comfortable Experience. Patients report favorable experiences after laser tissue treatment compared with those who experienced traditional methods. The laser allows for a more conservative approach to surgery negating aggressive gum elevation, bone removal, and resective techniques.
People report feeling like they could smile openly again after being treated with compassion from day one. Even if you have had unpleasant dental appointments in the past, give yourself the opportunity to find out what makes our periodontal team different. At your appointment with Dr. Anderson and our team will familiarize you with the armamentarium we use to treat gum disease and walk you through the process. We can also discuss any other issues you may be having, such as the desire to permanently replace your missing teeth with dental implants.
Above all else, you can be sure that we will develop a tailor-made plan designed to leave you healthier, not just in your mouth but throughout your body. The oral cavity is a reflection of overall systemic health!
Above, JR’s before and 1 year after tissue grafting with Dr. Anderson on lower front teeth (central incisors #’s 24 and 25).
Gum or what dentists refer to as “gingiva” is the pink tissue that surrounds your teeth. A thick band of gingiva is needed around all of your teeth for proper oral health. For a variety of reasons (aggressive tooth brushing, problematic anatomy, staggered teeth, bone loss, infection etc.), some patients experience gum shrinkage and become vulnerable to variety of dental issues. Teeth look longer and gums look shorter. In most cases, periodontists can correct gums back to a stable level in about an hour. Results can be lifelong if taken care of properly.
JR is a 19 year old systemically healthy (ASA 1) female who presented to our office with sensitive lower teeth. She and her dentist found that her lower two front teeth (central incisors 24, 25) were looking longer and experiencing gum recession. Note that the roots (yellow part) are exposed and there is very little pink tissue (gingiva). In cases like JR, the gum recession will continue to get worse if not treated. Please see above for before and one year post-op results from gum grafting (free gingival graft) with Dr. Anderson. Note the increased pink gum (attached gingiva) that is needed for oral health and full coverage of the roots that is needed to reduce sensitivity. JR is now happy that her oral condition is now stabilized, her yellow roots are covered, and her tooth sensitivity is gone!
If you have been referred for or believe you may have gum recession, ask Dr. Anderson if you would be a candidate for the treatment that helped JR reach better oral health.
Scheduling regular appointments with your periodontist is important because the periodontist will be able to identify and treat abnormalities to help achieve optimal oral health.
Let’s explore some of the important symptoms to watch for when it comes to your dental health and needing to schedule an appointment with your Periodontist:
5 Reasons to Schedule an Appointment with Your Periodontist
- Missing Teeth (Edentulism)
- Mobile Teeth (Periodontal Disease)
- Receding Gums (Gingival Recession)
- Bleeding Gums
- Gummy Smile (Excessive Gingival Display)
This list may seem obvious. However, there are several people living with these types of periodontal symptoms and postponing treatment can lead to more serious health conditions.
If you are experiencing one of the periodontal issues described above please contact Dr. Anderson and her staff to see how they can help you improve your oral health. Schedule an appointment by calling (248) 480-4910 today.