Periodontics refers to the treatment and maintenance of the gums and bone matter.
Gingivitis is an early form of periodontitis, or gum disease. If you experience an occasional swelling of the gums, gums that bleed after brushing or flossing, itchy gums, or bright red or purple gums, chances are you have gingivitis. Gingivitis can be treated by having your teeth professionally cleaned, followed by a strict oral hygiene regimen, including anti-bacterial rinses.
Left untreated, gingivitis can escalate into periodontitis. There are many factors that can contribute to the disease, including smoking, genetic tendencies, and unchecked diabetes. Periodontitis symptoms include those of gingivitis, as well as a metallic taste in the mouth, receding gums, enlarged spaces between the gums and teeth, severe halitosis (bad breath), and even loose teeth (from loss of bone).
At Angwin Dental, we offer personalized dental treatment for Periodontitis. Each patient’s condition is unique, and the severity of disease factors in to our recommendations. We discuss options with the patient and determine the best course of treatment to achieve the desired results.
To help prevent tooth loss from periodontitis, the initial treatment and standard of care is to remove the buildup of bacterial plaque and tartar (hard deposits) through scraping or ultrasonic vibration. In addition, antibiotic options may be considered. With our investment and training in dental lasers we can now offer the advantages of Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy.
Laser Gum Treatment
Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems. Laser gum treatment and ultrasonic scaling provide comfortable procedures by which we can treat most periodontal problems. The advantage of laser periodontal therapy is the precise removal of diseased soft tissue within the periodontal pocket. This precision enables greater success in gum reattachment and elimination of bleeding.
Our laser trained dental hygiene team provides gentle gum procedures completed in our office. These conservative laser procedures result in little to no bleeding, infection, swelling or post-treatment discomfort.
For more information on periodontics or to schedule an appointment, call Angwin Dental at (707) 965-2479.