Gum Disease Affects Over Half the American Population
Over 64 million American adults suffer from some degree of periodontal (gum) disease, whether they know about it or not. Gum disease is a progressive condition that affects the gum tissue, tooth structure and jaw bone directly, and has also been linked to other systemic health concerns like dementia or heart disease. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and is curable with a deep cleaning from your dentist. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis and eventually, advanced periodontitis, which are incurable diseases that continually damage your oral health. Gum disease is caused by bacteria and plaque that infect the gum tissue, causing damage to the soft tissue and bone within your mouth.
70% of adults over 65 have have periodontitis
30% of people aged 65–74 have no natural teeth
85 million Americans have cardiovascular disease
Do You Have Gum Disease?
- Chronic bad breath (halitosis)
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Tooth sensitivity to heat or cold temperatures
- Gum recession
- Loose or shifting teeth
Gum Disease Treatments
Scaling And Root PlaningA “deep cleaning” of your tooth roots, we will use small tools to get below the gum line and scrape away tartar buildup and plaque. We then smooth any rough areas on the tooth root to allow your gums to reattach and heal without irritation. We can also perform this treatment with our state-of-the-art dental lasers.
Osseous SurgeryThe tried and true method of treating gum disease. Osseous surgery involves removing gum tissue away from affected teeth and bone to reveal infection. We will then scrape away the tartar buildup on the tooth roots, remove infected gum tissue, and recontour damaged bone. Your gums will then be sutured back to their correct position for healing.
Laser Gum TherapyDr. Varghese John is trained in the use of advanced dental lasers, like the WaterLase® iPlus™ and the EPIC™ X. We can use these lasers to gently eliminate gum disease by destroying infected tissue and stimulating growth of healthy gums and bone. The use of dental lasers allows for minimally invasive surgery without the need of cutting or sutures and with minimal pain.
GingivectomyWhen gum tissue has been infected with disease, we can remove and reshape the damaged gums. This helps eliminate pockets between the teeth and gum where bacteria thrive and allows the gum tissue to more effectively heal to the teeth again.
Peri-ImplantitisPeriodontal disease can even affect dental implants. When the gum and bone tissue become infected and begin to recede, dental implants are at risk of failure. We can use our dental lasers to treat this infection and prevent the failure of your implant—preserving your dental investment.
Over 21 Years of Experience
At Advanced Dentistry, we try to approach gum disease treatment in a minimally invasive manner with the use of dental lasers. These lasers provide gentle treatment and have nearly instantaneous results. Healing and treatment time is significantly reduced and many times, you can go back to your normal daily routine just after the procedure. Dr. John has over 21 years of dental experience and can help restore your smile and oral health with our effective gum disease treatments.