The Disease that Threatens Your Smile
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. The loss is due to the destruction that severe periodontal disease, known as periodontitis, can cause to the supportive gum tissues, periodontal ligaments, and jawbone structure that are necessary for sustaining your healthy, natural teeth. However, this destruction is progressive, and before it becomes severe enough to cost you one or more teeth, prompt periodontal treatment may help you stop its progression and control the disease for life.
How periodontal disease develops
The first stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis. This infection develops in your gums when enough harmful oral bacteria accumulate on your gum line. Certain types of these bacteria, such as Porphyromonas gingivalis, undergo processes that are specifically harmful to your periodontal tissues and ligaments. For instance, P. gingivalis release molecules that incite rampant inflammation in your oral and periodontal tissues. Before long, the inflammation and infection will progress, leading to more severe periodontal disease and damage. When treating your periodontal disease, Dr. Kania will first perform a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose the specific severity of your condition, then consult with you to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.
Why choose laser periodontal treatment?
While periodontal treatment entails different procedures for everyone, utilizing advanced laser technology for one or more procedures is often the optimal choice. The advantages lasers provide to your immediate and long-term periodontal health are significant, and include more precise results, minimally invasive treatment, greater comfort and faster healing, and a reduced risk of more severe gum disease in the future. If you exhibit signs of periodontal disease, or have been diagnosed with it by your dentist, then speak with us today about how you can benefit from laser periodontal treatment.
Learn more about fighting periodontal disease
The fight against periodontal disease looks different for everyone. At our office, we have the skills, experience, and technology to help ensure your fight is a successful and minimally invasive one. To learn more, or to schedule a periodontal health consultation, contact our laser periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, by calling (760) 642-0711.