Treat Periodontal Disease with Laser Therapy
in Silver Spring, MD
You've probably heard of laser therapy for treating eye disorders, but did you know it can also treat periodontal disease? Periodontal disease is a relatively common condition. It affects as many as 50% of Americans over the age of 30. With that being said, researchers are constantly developing more effective ways to treat the disease. Dr. Raymond B. van Gennip and the entire staff at Silver Spring Periodontics offer the latest treatments for gum disease, including laser therapy treatment.
What is Periodontal Disease?
A periodontal disease is a form of gum infection, which has multiple stages. In early stages, only the gum tissue is affected, whereas in the advanced stage the gum tissue and the bone that holds your teeth in place is also infected. Most patients don't experience any symptoms of the condition until it's reached advanced stages. To stay on top of your gum health, be on the lookout for these symptoms:
- Bleeding, red, sore or swollen gums
- Gums that appear to be receding at the base of the tooth so that the teeth appear longer than usual
- Persistently bad breath
- Pain when chewing or biting down
- Teeth that feel sensitive
- Teeth that are beginning to come loose or that fall out completely
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
There are a number of causes of periodontal disease in adults. Some of the most common risk factors include:
- Poor oral hygiene including failure to floss regularly
- Specific medications
- Certain chronic illnesses or conditions, such as diabetes
- Genetic susceptibility to the disease
How Does Laser Periodontal Surgery Work?
To treat periodontal disease, your surgeon will use a laser with pinpoint accuracy to carefully remove the inflamed gum tissue from around the root of the tooth. This exposes the root so that the accumulation of built-up bacteria and plaque underneath the gum and around the root can be scraped away to remove any infection. During the healing process, the tissue between the gum and the root will naturally regenerate.
Why Choose Laser Surgery Over Traditional Surgery?
There are a number of reasons laser technology is more beneficial in treating periodontal disease. One of the biggest benefits of laser surgery is the procedure is minimally invasive compared to traditional surgery, so there is less swelling, bleeding and pain, and there is no cutting or sutures involved. The recovery time for laser surgery is also much quicker, and there are much lower risks of infection and postoperative complications.
What Happens After Laser Periodontal Surgery?
The long-term success of any form of periodontal surgery, whether laser or traditional, depends on your post-operative oral hygiene routine. If you’re a smoker, the best thing you can do for your dental and overall health is to stop smoking. If you suffer from diabetes, you should focus on trying to make sure your blood sugar remains regulated through diet and exercise. In terms of day to daycare, once the infection has been cleared and healing is complete, you should make sure you clean your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day, ideally after meals, floss, and use a recommended mouthwash. The ADA also recommends that you make it to your general dentist every six months for a routine dental checkup.
Will Laser Periodontal Surgery be Covered by My Dental Insurance?
Every periodontal laser surgery is unique, and a consultation can give you a more accurate quote for the treatment you’ll need. There are different benefits that insurance companies allow for specific treatment. However, you’ll need to check your individual policy and insurance provider to make sure your laser periodontal surgery is covered. Our knowledgeable office staff can also assist you in this effort. Schedule a consultation with Dr. van Gennip in Silver Spring, MD today at (301) 565-8030 to learn if you’re eligible for laser periodontal therapy.