Periodontal Treatments to Save Your Smile
Regular preventive cleanings are usually adequate for cleaning areas of your smile that you aren’t able to with brushing and flossing. Unfortunately, lack of oral hygiene or preventive check-ups could lead to periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis or gum disease.
How can you know if you have this condition? You may be experiencing symptoms such as:
- Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
- Tender, swollen gingiva
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Spaces between your teeth
- Receding gumlines
However, some people may have gum disease and never experience any symptoms at all; especially if you smoke or have certain medical conditions.
If we suspect that you have periodontal disease, we will carefully evaluate all of the levels of tissue attachment throughout your entire mouth. We will also perform a biofilm analysis. If you test positive for one of the three bacteria that we are screening for, then we will also recommend an oral DNA test to check for active proteins that may be at play.
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is the only FDA-approved soft tissue laser treatment for periodontal disease. Rather than conventional (and more traumatic) surgery, LANAP gently destroys the disease-causing bacteria and infected tissues without harming the healthy tissue. It’s an excellent way to save your teeth, preserve your smile, and avoid more painful treatments.
The very thin laser tip is just the width of three hairs. It is placed just under the gumlines and walked around the entire tooth (in areas where periodontal disease is present). In most cases, it isn’t even necessary to numb the teeth being treated.
As an alternative to conventional gum surgery, LANAP makes the treatment process much more comfortable and effective. Not only does the laser destroy harmful bacteria within the gum pockets around your teeth, it also creates a sterile environment that facilitates healing. During the laser procedure, a new attachment is created between healthy gum tissue and the root surfaces of your teeth – creating shallower pockets that are easier to clean and preserve bone throughout the jaws.
The Oral-Systemic Relationship
Having periodontitis impacts your entire body. It is also directly linked with conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and many other health conditions. Establishing a healthy oral environment improves your immune system and the ability for your body to combat other types of conditions. Untreated, it will also cause both bone and tooth loss.
Combat gum disease before you lose your smile. If you think that you could be suffering from periodontitis, call San Bruno Center for Dental Medicine right away.