Gum disease affects approximately half of the adult population in the United States, even people who brush and floss their teeth regularly. What happens when regular visits to your periodontist show that the disease is progressing? The good news is that there have been many advancements in the treatment of gum disease, and Dr. Marco Cueva and the staff at Texas Implant & Periodontic Center may be able to help you come up with an effective plan.
About Gum Disease
Gum disease occurs when bacteria build up on the teeth. Usually, you can get rid of most of this buildup with efficient brushing and flossing. Bi-yearly visits to your periodontist can also help to maintain the health of your teeth. If it starts to get out of control, there are treatment options such as scaling and root planing to get rid of excess plaque and calculus. Gum surgery is an option for advanced periodontitis, but Dr. Cueva may also mention laser dentistry.
Advantages to Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry is a less painful option for recontouring the gums and treating other soft tissue in the mouth. This is done with state-of-the-art equipment that targets the diseased areas of the soft tissue without affecting the healthy tissue. There are many reasons to consider laser treatment:
· Less painful than traditional surgery
· Shorter downtime for treatment
· Faster recovery post-treatment
· Less invasive than other procedures
Other Treatment Options Are Available
While laser treatment is effective, not every patient may qualify for the procedure. Dr. Cueva will consult with you to determine the extent of your gum disease and which treatment options may be best for your situation. We can help you find a treatment plan tailored to your needs and oral health goals.
Consult With Us Today
Modern dentistry has enabled dental professionals to more effectively treat patients in less invasive ways. To learn more about laser dentistry and our other services to treat gum disease, contact our office to schedule an appointment.