Gum disease in its early stage is called gingivitis, where the gums can be swollen, red, and may bleed due to infections and inflammation. If left untreated, it becomes a more serious form, called periodontitis. In periodontitis, the supporting of the gum to the tooth can be lost and the teeth become loose or even fall out. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease, and over 70% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease but almost half of them aren’t aware of the infection because it is hard to detect.
What causes gum disease?
Dental plaque is a biofilm that forms on the teeth from microorganisms, salivary protein molecules that are sticky due to sugar components, and epithelial cells from the oral mucosa. Then plaque is mineralized with calcium and phosphate molecules that results in deposits called calculus. This calculus causes gum inflammation and then subsequently bone loss.
At Reston Family Dental Center, several periodontal treatments are available for the treatment of gum disease. We offer the most advanced and cutting-edge technique that supplements the traditional “deep cleaning” protocol with Fotona Erbium/ Neodymium laser technology which is the industry leader for laser periodontal therapy. One of the many benefits of dental laser technology is that it provides precise surgical procedures with little or no bleeding while simultaneously disinfecting the treatment area. This extra intervention with the erbium and neodymium laser instruments results in better disinfection and enhanced tissue response which allow for promising results and benefits. We help patients suffering from periodontal disease in a minimally invasive manner.
Laser Perio Case Study
Please watch this video to see the amazing results we achieve with laser perio surgery.