Technology in the 21st century has enhanced our lives in unexpected ways, none more so than in the field of dentistry. While older treatments may have been painful and detrimental to our oral health, newer equipment is paving the way for faster, more effective treatment. The following article explores just one way treatment has evolved in cases of gum disease:
Typically the result of poor oral hygiene, gum disease affects one-third of Americans. When you fail to keep up with daily brushing and flossing, plaque and debris can build up and harden on the teeth, creating a plaque called calculus. This bacteria is what causes the gums to redden and swell. Left untreated, gum disease can cause your teeth to fall out while the bacteria transmit disease throughout your body.
- Early Treatment
Previously, the best way to treat gum disease was painful root planning and scaling. By roughly scraping the teeth, the dentist would try to eliminate the bacteria-causing plaque. If this didn’t get rid of the gum disease, then the dentist would have to cut deeply into the gum to get all of the bacteria out. These procedures were painful, bloody, and damaging to existing healthy tissue.
Now, dental technology has introduced lasers into its practices. Laser gum therapy is a much more effective procedure that works by targeting only the damaged tissues, resulting in less bleeding, swelling, and overall discomfort. Recovery time is minimal and the success rate is fairly high.
For more information on treating gum disease, contact Colorado Advanced Dentistry. Dr. VanWechel uses the FDA-approved LANAP procedure to get rid of gum disease and stimulate the gum to grow and reattach to teeth. To schedule an appointment with Dr. VanWechel concerning your oral health, call (720) 420-1103.