Stages of Gum DiseaseThere are three main stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis occurs when there is an excessive amount of plaque and bacteria around the gum line, which causes inflammation of the tissue. At this stage, permanent damage has not yet occurred.
Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. Signs of periodontitis include pockets forming around the tooth structure and loose gum tissue. The structures that support the teeth begin to sustain irreversible damage due to the presence of harmful oral bacteria.
Advanced periodontitis is one of the most difficult stages to treat because at this stage, bacteria and their toxins have caused significant bone loss, often resulting in tooth mobility or tooth loss.
Laser Gum Disease Treatment for Optimal Oral Health
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, Dr. Mathew Hookom may recommend the laser gum surgery as part of your treatment plan. This is a proven gum surgery alternative that can help treat patients with moderate to severe gum disease. Laser dentistry procedures can treat infected tissues while leaving healthy areas intact. Minimally invasive laser dentistry procedures could be a valuable part of your gum disease treatment plan.
Learn more about this gum surgery alternative by scheduling your appointment with Dr. Hookom in Atoka today.
How Laser Treatment Works
Laser gum disease treatment is a minimally invasive procedure that works to kill infection causing bacteria deep within the pockets of the gum tissues. The laser only targets bacteria and infected tissue, resulting in no trauma to the surrounding tissues. There is no downtime involved with this procedure, and patients experience little to no discomfort.
Benefits of Laser Gum Disease Treatment
Laser gum disease treatment is a proven method for gum disease and offers numerous benefits to the patient. Since there is no trauma to the tissues, minimal bleeding and inflammation occur, resulting in a fast recovery period. This is an effective gum surgery alternative that produces predictable results. The laser not only eradicates bacteria but also triggers bone regeneration, providing much needed stability to teeth affected by gum disease.