Tooth pain is simply no fun, and as it worsens, it can feel like relief will never come. But addressing the source of the pain is vital, not only to living pain-free, but as a means of living a healthier lifestyle, overall.
Besides tooth pain, a common cause of mouth pain is gum disease. Scientists have long explored the connection between gum health and such health-related conditions as diabetes, heart disease and even pregnancy. The bacteria to blame for gum disease can cause other extreme issues, too, such as inflamattory diseases and even a stroke, or heart attack. It is a serious condition, and one you cannot afford to ignore.
Gum disease is a common condition, and one that many of us encounter in adulthood. In fact, a report from the CDC¹ suggests nearly 50% of all adults over the age of 30 experience gum disease. Untreated, gum disease can develop into periodontitis – diseased bacteria destroys the soft gum tissue and the bone that supports your teeth. Advanced stages periodontitis can cause extensive pain as inflamed and infected gums start to deteriorate and pull away from the tooth, sometimes resulting in the loss of teeth and in extreme cases, bone.
Traditional methods of periodontal treatment include deep cleanings in gums, a root canal, medication, or surgery. But as the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”, and Dr. Ogata is a firm believer in preventing his patients from enduring pain. So, Dr. Ogata offers a non-invasive, laser-assisted treatment to his patients as part of their regular teeth cleanings.
What are the benefits to laser treatment?
Surgical methods to treat advanced gum disease can be painful for some patients, and the recovery time can be quite lengthy! Less intrusive than traditional methods, laser-assisted therapy also reduces the amount of pain and discomfort patients experience after treatment. Patients are back to dental health in no time!
You see, laser treatment works by breaking up the hardened plaque, tartar and bacteria found on the surface of the teeth and in the lining of the gums. As a preventative measure, laser-assisted therapies prevent the build-up of tartar and plaque that would otherwise result in more chronic infection. The infected area is efficiently targeted by a focused beam of light, which painlessly destroys the bacterial colonies causing inflamation and infection.
Additional benefits to laser treatment of gum disease and chronic periodontitis include the stimulation of the gum tissue, which encourages gums to heal naturally. The procedure is fast – it can take as little as 10 seconds to treat each tooth – and decreases the chance of recurring gum disease!
If you are fighting gum disease and you are interested in this fast, pain-free therapy, contact a member of Dr. Ogata’s team about laser-therapy and whether it would be right for you!