Periodontal therapy to resolve gum disease comfortably, precisely in Alpharetta, Georgia

Gum disease is prevalent. It is the most common in adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that two of every three seniors aged 65 and older have active gum (or periodontal) disease. At Bella Hanono Family Dentistry in Alpharetta, Georgia, we know 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, Dr. Hanono can reverse its effects. When needed, instead of being limited to cutting tools to resolve active disease, she may refer patients to another dentist who is specialized and equipped to treat the condition using lasers to support a fear-free process, minimize side effects, and promote rapid healing and healthy gum reattachment.

Progressive treatment options 

All patients, regardless of risk, should have a standard cleaning at our practice 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 using specialized tools to remove harmful toxins from underneath the gum line and 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, your dentist 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 reduce the bacteria present before and after scaling and root planing procedures. Generally, lasers provide a way to manipulate soft and hard tissues without:

  • Numbing medication
  • Scalpels
  • Drills
  • 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 familiar 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 by calling us at (770) 343-4052.