Laser assisted periodontal surgery
Our gums serve as a blanket that covers the roots of the teeth and the underlying jawbone.
They have the cells that are responsible to attach the teeth to the bone. Hence, weak or inflamed gums are a sign of gum disease and can result in tooth loss.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease can be simply the inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) or the inflammation the periodontal tissue (periodontitis). The latter one is more severe form of gum disease as it involves gums, the tissue that attaches the teeth with the bone and the underlying bone. There can be various causes of gum disease like poor oral hygiene or medical conditions like diabetes or HIV infection. As it is painless in most cases, it remains unnoticed in most of the individuals.
How can gum disease affect general health?
Untreated gum disease leads to tooth loss and can prove detrimental to your general health. The bacteria that causes periodontitis can enter the blood and reach your heart and put you at a greater risk of developing stroke. Diabetes is also strongly connected to gum disease. It has been observed that those who are diabetic and have gum disease show an increase in blood sugar levels.
What are Symptoms and signs?
You may have gum disease if
- Bleeding: You may notice blood spots when you spit after brushing your teeth.
- Swollen gums: You may notice that your gums look more reddish and enlarged.
- Bad odour: Foul odour can be observed if there are gum abscesses from which pus oozes out. The tartar deposits can also be one of the reasons for foul odour.
- Tooth sensitivity: Sensitivity to anything hot or cold can be experienced during gum disease as the gumline recedes exposing the roots of the teeth.
If you leave gum disease untreated, it may result in wobbly teeth which fall off eventually. You may end up losing all your sound and strong teeth to gum disease.
Does this all make you panicky? Well, the GOOD news is that gum disease is curable and reversible when detected in early stages. Hence, it is important for you to visit your dentist once in every six months to detect any tooth related or gum related abnormalities beforehand.
Periodontal disease needs to be treated through periodontal therapy which includes killing of bacteria present within the gums by opening a flap of gums through surgery. Once the procedure of cleaning is done, bone grafts or soft tissue grafts can be placed to compensate for the lost hard and soft tissues. Apart from surgery, lasers can be used to treat periodontal disease.
You should take your child to your dentist the moment you suspect that your child is having a lip/tongue tie.
Why is Laser treatment considered to be superior to surgery?
Dental lasers like Fotona Lightwalker are utilized to treat periodontal disease. With Fotona Lightwalker periodontal therapy has reached a new level. The precision and high end technology of this equipment has made the treatment procedure extremely comfortable. The laser treatment is minimally invasive as it kills the bacteria while being introduced into the infected gum tissue. Apart from killing the bacteria, the lasers promote healthy tissue growth due to which the gums and the bone undergo faster healing. Laser treatment promises long-lasting results hence, your investment in the form of time or money is never in vain. The complete periodontal therapy extends for not more than 2 hours or so. This is particularly important for those who find it difficult to extract some time from their busy schedule.
After about two follow-up visits you are good to be on your own. A strict oral hygiene maintenance regime should be followed diligently. This will maintain your oral tissues in a healthy state.