Periodontics is Gum Disease. Gum Disease is displayed as an infection of the tissue around the base of the teeth and part of the bone that hold the teeth in place. This can be caused by many different factors such as; poor oral hygiene, genetics, chronic illnesses, and smoking. Periodontics mainly affects adults after their 20’s.
There are different stages of periodontics disease depending on the severity of your mouths conditions. Generally, symptoms show signs like red and tender gums, bleeding while brushing, bad breath, and unpleasant taste in the mouth. If any of these signs begin to show the disease can worsen so it is best to see Dr. Snow as soon as possible to diagnose the severity and prevent tooth loss.
There are two ways of treating Periodontics, non-surgical and surgical depending on the severity of the disease. The non-surgical method removes tartar, bacteria, and plaque from the infected gum around the roots. The surgical method can be done with or without Lasers. Without lasers the gum is cut and peeled back for the deep cleaning process, and then sutured back.
Laser periodontics uses a dental laser to remove the infected areas of the gum, then clean the bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the surrounding roots. The laser procedure doesn’t remove any tissue or create “tissue flaps” that need to be sutured back into place.
Laser Periodontics has many benefits over the traditional surgical way.
Dr. Snow and his Certified Hygienists perform Laser Periodontics Therapy for patients who have gum disease by diagnosing the severity and condition of the mouth. Usually a procedure takes an initial visit for diagnosis and treatment options, and during the second visit Dr. Snow performs the procedure which takes 3-4 hours. Laser Periodontics is much less invasive than non-laser surgery, leaving the patient feeling well enough to return to work the next day.
If you have concerns or questions about Laser Periodontics, contact Dr. Snow at Pacific Dental Center to schedule an appointment.
We utilize CEREC® to provide our patients with same day restorative care. This saves time, money, and hassle by eliminating the need for multiple visits and temporary fillers.
Dr. Snow will remove the damaged section of your tooth, then take a three dimensional image of your tooth with the CEREC camera. The data transfers to a computer, from where we can design the filling or crown to be milled out of a ceramic block.
We use ceramic because it has proven to be durable and long-lasting. It also matches the color of teeth, providing you with a healthy, attractive smile.