Many adults have some form of gum disease. This “silent” disease starts with plaque buildup around and beneath the gum line. Bacteria in plaque irritate the soft tissues and make them pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where more bacteria can hide. Eventually, the tooth becomes loose and falls out. But teeth are not the only casualties. Did you know that gum disease is also linked to stroke, heart attack, and cardiovascular problems?
The good news is, early stage gum disease (gingivitis) is reversible with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Advanced gum disease needs special care and professional attention, however. Leading Carrollton dentist Dr. Ron Proctor offers an effective and more comfortable alternative to traditional gum disease treatment: Periolase.
Periolase and Laser Periodontal Therapy
In the past, severe periodontal or gum disease treatment involved surgical removal of diseased tissues with a scalpel. The procedure is effective but invasive, causing trauma to healthy areas of the mouth as well as diseased tissue. Now, a revolutionary procedure uses laser instead of a scalpel to remove disease and bacteria—with minimal bleeding and a much more comfortable healing period.
Periolase quickly zaps damaged tissue while preserving healthy tissue. No sutures or incisions necessary! Laser also seals treated areas immediately, so you do not need stitches. Show up for your appointment and resume normal activities a few hours later. Best of all, studies show that gums treated with Periolase remain stable for as long or longer than conventional cut and sew surgery. You generally loose less gum height since the Periolase (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is designed to maintain the existing healthy tissue and stimulate the growth of a new attachment for it, rather than reducing the gum height.
The PerioLase MVP-7
Dr. Proctor uses the Periolase MVP-7 laser system. The award-winning Periolase system can also reshape gums to prepare for dental crown placement and treat mouth and lip ulcers just by shining the laser above the ulcerated area for a few minutes, killing the bacteria and virus while just warming the tissue. No anesthesia needed for treating the ulcer.
Learn more about these exciting procedures by calling 972-492-2866. You can also make an appointment with your Carrollton dentist using our online form.