Periodontal Laser Therapy in Canton, OH
At Danner Dental, our skilled and highly trained team uses specialized instrumentation including ultrasonics and lasers to treat periodontal (gum) disease. We have seen tremendous success with our patients in controlling the progress of their gum disease and regaining their health.
How does the laser therapy work?
Dr. Danner will also use the laser to treat any diseased periodontal pockets, which will disinfect the pocket and start the healing process immediately. The laser fiber, which is only about the width of three human hairs, is gently inserted between your tooth and the gum tissue and painlessly removes the bacteria that are causing the gum infection, as well as the diseased gum tissue. As the old tissue is removed, tiny clots form and the body's natural healing response takes over. As this occurs, the gum tissue reattaches to the bone and the gums return to a healthy, infection-free status.
Why is it necessary to treat gum disease?
Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss, and it does not get better without treatment. Most people believe that tooth loss is caused by decay; and even though cavities can be serious, if they are detected in the earliest stage, they can be treated before they cause too much damage to the teeth. However, when gum disease is left untreated, it eventually begins to destroy the bone that holds your teeth into place. Once bone loss occurs, you are at a risk for losing teeth.
Gum disease and overall health
Gum disease can also affect your overall health because it is a bacterial infection that can enter the blood stream and travel to major organs to create new infections. Research suggests that this may contribute to the development of stroke, heart disease, preterm births and low birth weight. It also poses a serious threat to those with diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and other symptomatic diseases such as lupus, etc.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
The most common symptom is gums that bleed when brushing or flossing. Other symptoms of gum disease include sensitivity to hot and cold, gums that are pulling away from your teeth, persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, and gums that are red, swollen or tender.
Patients who undergo laser assisted periodontal therapy at our office are sometimes monitored in the healing process using a saliva test from Oral DNA Labs. For more information, see http://www.dannerdental.com/procedures/13574-oral-dna-testing.html