Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease is diagnosed by your dentist or dental hygienist during a periodontal examination. This type of exam should always be part of your regular dental check-up.
A periodontal probe (small dental instrument) is gently used to measure the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums. The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimeters or less and does not bleed. The periodontal probe helps indicate if pockets are deeper than three millimeters. As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets usually get deeper.
Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. Plaque and its toxin by-products irritate the gums, making them tender, inflamed, and likely to bleed.
Plaque hardens into calculus (tartar). As calculus and plaque continue to build up, the gums begin to recede from the teeth. Deeper pockets form between the gums and teeth and become filled with bacteria and pus. The gums become very irritated, inflamed, and bleed easily. Slight to moderate bone loss may be present.
"When I first came to Dr. Feinberg I had periodontal disease. I had some receding gum lines and deep pockets and badly needed a periodontal disease treatment. I wasn't very happy with myself for letting it get that bad. Dr. Feinberg didn't make feel bad about it like some other dentists do. Instead, got me on a gum disease treatment plan and helped me take better care of my teeth and gums. I now don't miss any dental appointments because I love the feeling of walking in there showing him that I properly handled the periodontal disease!"
The teeth lose more support as the gums, bone, and periodontal ligament continue to be destroyed. Unless treated, the affected teeth will become very loose and may be lost. Generalized moderate to severe bone loss may be present.
Laser Gum Disease Treatment
We use painless gum laser treatment when Periodontal treatment is required for a patient. Previously, Periodontal Surgery was the only option. Our patients appreciate this new technology that we have harnessed and use for all types of gum problems, such as uneven gum lines or gums that need reshaping. We often use this technology for bone re-contouring. It’s amazing that dentists practiced without this new technology.
We can remove excess gum, seal the gum as treatment progresses so no stitches are needed. It’s amazing to our patients that these procedures are relatively painless and performed in such a short period of time.
We’ve used gum laser treatment in conjunction with porcelain veneers. It completes the job by correcting small, crooked or misshapen teeth and we create a beautiful and balanced smile. If you’ve been afraid to see your dentist because of gum issues and what it could mean, think differently.
You may associate dentistry with that old drill sound. Now you can get dental care without any drilling at all. Previous to the new laser technology, the heat and vibration of the drill caused most of the pain that patients used to feel. Since water-cutting laser doesn’t transmit heat or vibration, most of the procedures performed here are absolutely pain-free.
Most of the public is unaware of this and avoid seeing their dentist for this fact alone. In most cases we don’t even need any form of anesthesia.
Laser is a hi-tech device that generates a beam of concentrated light. This beam of light brings energy into your mouth to help remove areas of infection or tooth decay with great precision and accuracy. The laser beam also sterilizes the affected area and seals off blood vessels, which minimizes the chance of infection or bleeding. Our patients love it. Once they’ve had it done, they are completely relieved and are more compliant with routine check ups.