Periodontal Disease Treatment with Laser Technology
Periodontal gum disease is an infection in your gums caused by bacteria. It can cause pain, swelling, bleeding, and tooth loss. Usually gum disease occurs in patients who have neglected their dental care, who suffer from certain medical conditions, or who lack the dexterity to maintain the home care necessary to stay healthy.
In addition to tooth loss, gum disease has been linked to serious systemic illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses. Failure to treat periodontal disease can have serious consequences, but many patients hesitate to seek treatment due to fear of pain. We treat our patients gently and with care so that you feel comfortable during your procedure.
When we catch gum disease in its early stages of development, we can generally treat it with specialized dental cleanings that remove bacteria and promote healing. However, once gum disease begins to destroy your healthy tissue, surgery could become necessary to promote proper healing and restore your oral health.
Old surgical techniques involved cutting away the diseased tissue manually and often required stitches. While the treatment was effective in most cases, healing could take several weeks. Traditional gum surgery was often something that caused discomfort and inconvenience during healing, making it an unappealing option for many patients.
With the implementation of laser dentistry in our Fort Myers dental practice, we have improved our patient experience immensely. You will have less bleeding, more comfortable treatment, and enjoy the convenience of not having stitches after treatment. Our patients really appreciate this technology and often report healing with no complications.
It is still important to follow your necessary aftercare instructions so that you have the best chance of a successful outcome!