Periodontal therapy to resolve gum disease comfortably, precisely in Alpharetta, GA
Gum disease is prevalent. It is the most common childhood disease. On the other end of the age spectrum, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that two of every three seniors aged 65 and older have active gum (or periodontal) disease. We at Bella Hanono Family Dentistry in Alpharetta, GAknow that it does not have to be this way.
A progressive condition, gum disease can be halted with conservative techniques and modifications to hygiene. With appropriate intervention early into the disease process, its effects can be reversed. Dr. Hanono has also invested in technologies to support comfortable periodontal therapy. Instead of being limited to cutting tools to resolve active disease, she may use laser dentistry to support a fear-free process, minimize side effects, and to promote prompt healing and healthy gum reattachment.
Progressive treatment options
All patients, regardless of risk, should have a standard cleaning at our office once every six months. These cleanings remove plaque, stubborn tartar, and bacteria to prevent the build-up that inflames gum tissue and erodes tooth structure. If we detect that disease is present, a deep cleaning may be recommended. These cleanings traditionally involved the use of specialized tools to remove harmful toxins from underneath the gumline, and to smooth the rough surfaces of the tooth roots. These surfaces attract bacteria.
Lasers may also be used as a powerful adjunct with scaling and root planing, and to facilitate comfortable non-surgical therapy. For instance, Dr. Hanono may direct the targeted laser beam toward the pocket that forms between the teeth and gums. Energy from the laser is used to precisely sterilize the pocket, and to reduce the bacteria that are present before and after scaling and root planning procedures. Generally, lasers provide a way to manipulate soft and hard tissues without:
- Numbing medication
- Excess bleeding and pain
For this reason, patients with a history of dental anxiety may welcome laser-assisted therapies as many of the items mentioned above are common sources of fear at the dentist’s office. We are happy to discuss other methods to keep you as comfortable in the treatment chair as possible, too.
To rethink your perception of dental treatment, and to retain the health and beauty of your smile, schedule your appointment at Bella Hanono Family Dentistry right away.