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 and traditional treatment can hurt.
The latest conservative gum therapy uses a laser. The laser gently disinfects and evaporates diseased tissues from around the tooth and inside the gum pocket.
This treatment interrupts the bacterial destruction of the tissues and bone giving the gum pocket a chance to heal. Laser therapy allows the gum pocket to be disease free and sometimes the tissues reattach to the pocket back to a normal or near-normal depth.
This new laser therapy is gentle, less painful, has a quick recovery. While surgery may still be indicated for severely advanced periodontal cases, laser therapy is a much more conservative, effective and comfortable option for beginning to moderate periodontal cases.