December 21, 2015
Greetings Marrero! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Lapalco Family Dental. Today we want to tell about an exciting new technology that changing the face of dentistry: lasers! Lasers? Yes, lasers!
Laser aren’t just for science-fiction films such as “Star Wars” anymore! At Lapalco Family Dentistry we are now using laser technology to treat patients with gum disease and other oral health issues. Although laser technology is very exciting, it is being used as a treatment for a very serious illness: gum disease.
Gum disease affects around half of the adult population of our country. Many people suffering from gum disease do not even realize they have it! That’s because gum disease often starts out painlessly. But as the disease progresses, you may eventually lose teeth and suffer from other devastating consequences to your oral health.
Scarily enough, gum disease may affect a lot more than just your oral health. Recent university research has linked gum disease to several potentially life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. If you think of your mouth as a window for the rest of your body, it’s easy to understand how your oral health can affect your overall health.
Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar begin to build-up on your teeth. Plaque is an acidic film of bacteria responsible for tooth decay. Tartar is hardened plaque that cannot be removed without professional help. These bacteria buildups can cause decay, and when they settle in under your gumline they can cause gum disease as well.
You may be suffering from the early stages of gum disease and not exhibit any symptoms. The first stage of gum disease is also known as gingivitis; gingivitis is easy to treat with teeth cleanings and deep cleanings. If your teeth bleed when you brush or floss, or you’ve noticed your gums are swollen or red in color, you should schedule an appointment at Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA.
If gum disease is not effectively treated in its early stages, your symptoms will worsen. Advanced gum disease will actually start separating your gums from your teeth! This separation is caused by buildups of plaque and tartar, and actually creates pockets in your gums. In the advanced stages of gum disease, your teeth will loosen and you will be at risk for losing them.
In the past, traditional surgery was often required to treat this stage of gum disease. This involved lengthy treatments which took a long time to recover from. Gum disease surgery required your gums to be cut into and then stitched up.
Laser technology is changing all of that! At Lapalco Family Dental, we can now treat advanced gum disease without the need for incisions or stitches.
“These lasers allow us to treat patients with gum disease in a noninvasive way,” Dr. CJ Landry said. “This is a huge advancement for patients because the only option in the past would have been traditional gum surgery, which required stitches and sutures and a long recovery period.”
We can also use this exciting technology to treat other problems with your oral health. We can even remove blisters and cold sores inside your mouth or on your lips.
“We have found that by using the laser on fever blisters or cold sores, we can increase the healing time from seven to 10 days to two to three days,” Dr. Landry said. ”If treated early enough, we can actually prevent the fever blister from developing at all.”
Gum disease can be devastating to your smile if it isn’t treated. So make an appointment at Lapaclo Family Dental in Marrero, LA at the first signs of any potential symptoms of gum disease. Routine teeth cleanings every six months are also essential towards lowering your risk for gum disease infections. If you are worried you can’t afford dental work, call our office to learn more about our patient financing programs CareCredit and Springstone.
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Have you noticed any potential signs of gum disease? Do your gums appear red instead of a healthy pink color? Do you bleed when you brush and/or floss your teeth? Then don’t ignore the signs of gum disease! Gum disease will devastate your oral health and your smile if left untreated.
Make an Appointment at Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA. You can reach our office by calling 504-264-6461.
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