Your oral health affects more than may meet the eye. Aside from bad breath, swollen gums or shifting teeth, gum disease can also have much more disastrous effects on your overall health. Unfortunately, the dangers of gum disease often go unnoticed, as the disease usually has no symptoms until it advances into later stages, called periodontitis. However, the earlier we can diagnose and treat gum disease, the healthier you will be.
Scientists have discovered many links between gum disease and dangerous systemic diseases. They believe the harmful bacteria that cause infection in the pocket between the teeth and gums can travel through inflamed tissue into the bone, gaining access to the blood stream. At that point the bacteria can travel to distant areas of the body through the blood stream, and can contribute to the following:
Dr. Rebecca Orsini of Empower Dental utilizes Millenium Dental Technologies MVP-7 Laser, which has the only FDA approved protocol on the planet for Periodontal Regeneration.
We can use LANAP® laser gum surgery to gently remove disease-causing bacteria from beneath the gum line. The laser only treats the diseased tissue, leaving behind healthy tissue to promote faster healing times.Osseous Surgery
If other treatments have proven to be unsuccessful, osseous surgery can be performed to clean deep beneath the gum line at the root surface. We also take this time to smooth the surface of the tooth, which makes it more difficult for the bacteria to stick.Scaling and Root Planing
Essentially a deep clean, scaling and root planing cleans plaque and bacteria from beneath the gum line and smooths the tooth’s surface to make it more difficult for the bacteria to re-adhere.Periodontal Maintenance
The most important part of treating gum disease is maintenance. Once you have been diagnosed with this disease, your mouth remains more susceptible to the disease-causing bacteria. To keep a closer eye on your oral health, and to ensure you have the best possible home care, we will customize a periodontal maintenance plan with you. Periodontal maintenance is similar to regular dental checkups, but occurs more frequently and offers a deeper clean. We work closely with you to be sure you have the tools you need to maintain your best health for life.