Periodontal or gum disease happens when bacteria gets below the gum line and the attachment between gum and tooth is lost. Three out of four Americans have some form of periodontal disease and only 3 out of 100 will ever be treated before it is too late.
Gum disease is a silent, chronic, painless, and communicable bacterial infection that often goes undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction causes unbearable pain and can no longer be ignored. Left untreated, gum disease can cause bone and tooth loss.
The latest conservative gum therapy uses a laser. The laser gently disinfects and evaporates diseased tissues from around the tooth and inside the gum pocket. This treatment interrupts the bacterial destruction of the tissues and bone, giving the gum tissue an opportunity to heal. Systematic repetition of treatment, generally 2 to 6 visits, allow the gums to be disease-free. Sometimes tissue is able to reattach to the teeth and the pocket may return to a normal, or near-normal, depth. Laser therapy is gentle, less painful, and has a much quicker recovery than traditional treatments. While surgery is still an option for severely advanced periodontal cases, laser therapy is a much more conservative, effective, and comfortable option for beginning to moderate periodontal cases.