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Solutions for Complications Caused by Periodontal Disease

Gum disease can have far-reaching effects on your oral health and appearance. When caught early, gum disease can be prevented, but for some dental patients with moderate or advanced periodontitis, complications have set-in and started to negatively impact their smile.

Patients struggling with gum disease have options, however, for treating the following side-effects associated with the condition:

1.) Damaged or Loose Teeth – Gum disease is caused by the accumulation of debris and plaque, which hardens into tartar, below the gum line and around teeth. Tartar is dangerous because it’s difficult to remove and can eat into dental enamel, weakening teeth and causing them to loosen. In these instances, if teeth cannot be saved, it’s often recommended that they be extracted and replaced with healthy alternatives, like dental implants. Implants become a permanent part of bone in your jaw, like real teeth would be, and provide the stability of your natural dentition.

2.) Increased Pocket Size – When bacteria and debris collect below the gum line, as mentioned above, they form pockets of infection around teeth. Pockets can increase in size and cause tissue to pull away from teeth, eventually exposing roots – in cases of extreme periodontal disease – and weakening supporting oral structures.  When these pockets begin to develop, therapies to reduce their size include root scaling and planing (deep cleaning) or pocket reduction surgery, in some cases.

3.) Gum Recession – Gum recession is a concern for cosmetic and oral health reasons, as less soft tissue around teeth means that there less support for teeth to remain strong and healthy. Recessed soft tissue also make teeth look long, off-setting the appearance of your smile. Gum grafts are often used to replenish these supportive tissues and allow your smile to look naturally healthy.

4.) Build-up of bacteria –It’s important to clean away or clear out any bacteria that could cause symptoms to return.  Root scaling and planing helps smooth the roots of teeth to prevent bacteria from sticking, and anti-bacterial treatments like Arestin help flush away any remaining bacteria, so your soft tissue has a chance to recover.

At Austin Smile Creations, we use modern technology to provide comfortable periodontal care. We help our patients find solutions to complex oral health problems and regain strong and healthy smiles. Dr. Gotun performs periodontal deep cleanings and uses a dental laser for gentle care and faster post-treatment healing times. If you have any questions about periodontal therapy, please contact our office for more information.

Why You Should Consider Laser Dentistry for your Next Treatment

A dental laser might seem like a piece of science fiction to some patients, or may even be seen as a unnecessary treatment aid by people who never experienced it. The truth is, dental lasers provide significant benefits to patients in need of soft tissue treatment, like gum grafting, or periodontal deep cleanings.

If gum contouring, gum grafting, or a deep cleaning have been recommended as a part of your dental plan, here are ways a laser can help you get comfortable care:

Laser Root Scaling and Planing is Gentle

If you’ve ever had your teeth deep-cleaned with standard dental tools, you probably recall a feeling of soreness that resulted from a hands-on cleaning below the gum line.  While deep cleanings are important for keeping gum disease at bay, a dental laser is able to do the same job as more traditional dental tools, without similar force and without producing discomfort. With a laser, Dr. Gotun is able to clean below your gum line without the scraping action you would experience with standard dental tools.

Lasers Seal and Promote Healing

For treatments like gum grafts and gum contouring, where sections of soft tissue are removed, a dental laser is capable of doing this and then sealing the treatment site, so you heal faster and don’t have to deal with stitches. For some laser procedures, the treatment alone has become so comfortable that local anesthetics are often not needed.

Lasers are Precise and Quiet

Dental lasers are great at killing bacteria and targeting specific areas of teeth for treatment. With a periodontal deep cleaning, a soft tissue laser can more thoroughly clear-out bad bacteria than a dental pick would be able to reach.  In comparison to a dental drill, a laser doesn’t create the same buzzing noise that can cause anxiety in fearful patients.

If you have questions about how dental lasers can be incorporated into your treatment plan, call Austin Smile Creations for more information.  Dr. Gotun uses a diode laser to assist in periodontal disease treatment, gingivectomy, frenectomy, and other soft tissue procedures.