Don’t Let Gum Disease Cost You A Smile

encinitas gum disease treatmentWhen you suffer from periodontal disease, which impacts half of adults over the age of 30, this could lead to uncomfortable symptoms. In addition, lack of care could eventually allow tooth loss to develop! In today’s blog, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist talks about preventing missing teeth with laser technology.

The Causes of Periodontal Disease

Our gums frame our smile and support our teeth, so when disease forms this could impact the health and stability of your smile. Factors like poor brushing and flossing, a diet high in sugar and starch, and infrequent visits for dental cleanings can allow plaque and tartar buildup to accumulate, which in turn inflames and irritates the gums. Inflammation could also be brought on by certain medications, inflammatory illness, a family history of periodontal concerns, and tobacco use. Over time, the inflammation, also known as gingivitis, can lead to sore, red gums that bleed easily. Without treatment, this could cause tissues to pull away from the teeth and form pockets of disease-causing bacteria to enter. Younow have periodontal disease and lack of care could mean the risk of missing teeth!

The Risk of Tooth Loss

Periodontal disease will increase in severity with time, eventually reaching the periodontitis stage. At this stage, the receding tissues have exposed root portions of the teeth and increased the risk of tooth decay and inflammation. The tissue connecting the teeth and gums could also become severed, which leads to adult tooth loss. In fact, periodontitis is the number one cause of adult tooth loss! But our team can provide treatment with advanced laser dentistry to manage the issue and preserve your smile’s stability.

Treatment with Dental Lasers

Our team can employ dental lasers in procedures like LANAP and REPAIR with WaterLase to trim away diseased tissues and enable healthy ones to reattach to the teeth, which reduces the depth of periodontal pockets and helps make the disease manageable with preventive care moving forward. The lasers can target the areas with precision to avoid damaging healthy structures and the process rarely requires any anesthesia. There is also a reduced risk of bleeding, infection, and swelling, and the lack of suture means the area heals much quicker. In fact, you can often return to your normal routine in as little as 24 to 48 hours.

If you have any questions about how our team will diagnose and treat these concerns with laser dentistry, then contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Have Questions About Laser Dentistry?

We want to help you maintain a complete smile with laser treatment. If you would like to find out more about the advanced treatment technology we offer, then please call Dr. Kania’s laser periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.