Gum Disease Laser Therapy
Periodontal or gum disease occurs when bacteria gets below the gum line and the attachment between the gum and tooth is lost.
Gum disease is a silent, chronic, painless and communicable bacterial infection that often goes undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction is unbearable and no longer able to be ignored. Left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss.
Three out of four Americans have some form of periodontal disease and only 3 out of 100 will ever get treated before its too late.
Treatments involving the use of a laser have recently been intoduced.
The laser is thought to disinfect and evaporate diseased tissues from around the tooth and inside the gum pocket. This treatment is thought to interrupt the bacterial destruction of the tissues and bone, giving the gum pocket a chance to heal. The effectiveness of this new laser therapy is unproven at this time. Research is ongoing. Conventional surgical methods are still the standard of care at this time for most procedures. However, laser procedures are the treatment of choice in some cases such as gum recontouring, frenectomies, operculectomies, and some biopsies to name a few.
Dr. Charles Schwimer can discuss the risks and benefits of laser surgery, as indicated, for your individual situation.