Researchers found that about 80% of American adults experience some form of periodontal (gum) disease and don’t even know it! Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss. It is known to be linked to chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, pneumonia, and various forms of cancer.
There are various types of gum problems. Gingivitis is the simplest form of gum problems. The word simply means inflammation of the gingiva or gum inflammation. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. It causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort at this stage.
Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. With time, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. Often, this destructive process has very mild symptoms. Eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed. Systemic conditions such as heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes are associated with this form of periodontitis.
Dr. Mullins is licensed to practice Laser Periodontal Therapy™, a minimally invasive and painless method of treating gum disease. LPT uses pulsed laser to remove diseased tissue without damaging healthy tissue. It is the only laser-assisted procedure certified by the FDA for treatment of periodontitis or gum disease. That means you can have your gum disease treated successfully without scalpels or sutures.
With Laser Periodontal Therapy™, you’ll be amazed that the healing and recovery is generally faster and more comfortable than traditional gum surgery. LPT restores health and provides an environment for healing around affected teeth. If you’ve been told you need gum surgery, but have been putting it off, let us show you how easy your treatment can be.
Call now to schedule an appointment for healthier gums and teeth that shine!