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Nonsurgical Gum Treatment vs Surgical Treatment

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Nonsurgical Gum Treatment

More than 75% of the population has some form of gum disease. This is why it is not surprising that dentists commonly recommend a procedure called periodontal treatment to their patients. Gum condition such as deep pockets, especially with bone loss, require immediate attention from the dentist. Some of the common recommendations by dentists include scaling, deep cleaning as well as gum surgery. Some of the signs and symptoms of gum disease may include bad breath, bleeding gums, sore gums and teeth as well as loose teeth. Lots of people are not aware of these symptoms and gum disease can really eat the teeth away.

According to American Dental Association only about 4% of patients needing gum surgery actually follow through with treatment; lots of people are still terrified just thinking about the gum surgery idea. This is because traditional gum surgery is often uncomfortable and sometimes even painful. But there are new alternative methods such as laser treatment for periodontal diseases. With this treatment there.s less re-occurrence of gum disease and there.s no intentional reduction of tissue height the way it happens with regular gum surgery.

The laser treatment is painless although anesthetizing the area may be done for patient comfort. There.s some minimal post-procedure discomfort that doesn.t last long. The regeneration of bone following laser periodontal therapy is quicker and patients are said to be consistently impressed that there is considerably less pain, bleeding, post-procedural discomfort and no need for incisions and a use of scalpel.

Laser treatment works by directing a small amount of light energy through a tiny fiber which is gently placed between the gum and tooth toward the affected area. The laser energy removes only the diseased tissue on the inside of the pocket and aids in reducing the bacteria associated with the gum disease. Next, tartar, which is associated with inflamed and bleeding gums, is dislodged with the help of the laser and removed using ultrasonic tools. Finally, the laser is used to help seal the gum to the tooth in order to create a natural band aid. This procedure lets the body to heal the area naturally, similar to the way the body heals a broken bone.

This treatment shouldn't cost more than a typical surgery since patients do not require pre-treatment with deep scaling and root-planing but there are other factors which may affect the cost, such as the severity of the periodontal disease, and how many teeth need attending.

We now offer a treatment very similar to Perio Protect using the same chemical formula with a much lower cost.  Teeth that were once considered completely lost due to advanced bone loss can now be saved!  Come in for a free consultation.

Surgical Gum Treatment

Video of surgical correction of gum recession.  No blood in video.  That portion is animated.

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(800) 516-7631

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