Restore Your Gums with Gum Disease Treatment in St. LouisDr Allan on Gum Disease Read Transcript
Periodontal or gum disease is kind of the silent killer of teeth, just like they say high blood pressure is. You don't necessarily know you have it. The thing about it these days is that they keep finding how much it impacts our general health, all the way from heart disease to diabetes to now even Alzheimer’s they're linking it to.
So it's incredibly important that the general dentist knows what they're talking about and has different things in their arming material. We can now do laser therapy, which means that it's surgery on the gums many times without anesthetic that does a much better job for the patient, much more comfortable and opens venues, not just of arresting the disease but actually curing it.
What I mean by that is I had a friend who went down to Springfield, real loose tooth, so loose you could push up and down, did the laser therapy on it, he still has it 15 years down the road. Never had to do a root canal on it, and the bone grew back, we couldn't grow bone back like this, like we can with laser therapy now. Simple things … we can place something called Arestin, which is an antibiotic around the tooth instead of popping pills. It helps take care of the bacteria so that's not seeding the patient’s bloodstream, not giving them those medical risk factors. No anesthetic – boom, it lasts for 90 days, they don't even have to remember to take a pill.
So there's a lot of neat things between lasers, the Arestin. For our nursing home patients, we make trays that then a care worker can put a peroxide like gel in them or other mendicants, put it in the mouth, leave it there for 10 or 15 minutes, helps percent decay and helps the gum disease, which in a nursing care facility or even at home, for a person who has bad gum disease, this is a pretty easy thing to do and incredibly beneficial.
So there are things that keep coming down the pipeline. Lasers are at the far front, there's going to be a day within five, seven years where you take a laser around a tooth that you normally do the deep cleaning, the cleaning below the gumline to take the calculus off, you'll do that with a laser, it'll just rinse it out. So again if you're not staying up on that, there's so many new fun things that are going to help people keep their teeth, help them do it more comfortable, and the alternative of just taking the tooth out won't have to be an alternative.
Bacteria and infection can form below your gumline with no visible signs early on. That’s why we recommend twice-yearly cleanings and exams at The DentaLink. If we find any evidence of gum problems, our St. Louis gum disease treatment can:
- Clean up your gums and get your smile back on track
- Use gentle laser treatment if needed
- Give you a more attractive smile, helping you avoid embarrassing social situations
- Help prevent bigger oral health and total body health problems
Call us today at 314-334-1474 to schedule an exam. We’re waiting to help you smile with more confidence!
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Gum disease begins innocently enough. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars contained in the foods and beverages you take in, leaving sticky plaque behind. Left alone, plaque can turn into tartar and begin to form pockets of infection below the gumline. Severe gum disease can even result in tooth loss.
Our goal is to catch and treat gum disease well before it ever gets to that level. For many of our patients, a “deep cleaning” consisting of scaling and root planing will get their gums back into shape. We’ll first remove (scale) tartar and bacteria below your gums, then smooth (plane) the roots to make it difficult for bacteria to grow back.
If your gum disease is more advanced, we offer comfortable LANAP treatment using a low-power laser. Using varying wavelengths of light, this innovative treatment will remove damaged gum tissue without harming any healthy tissue.
At the same time, the laser will seal the tissue so your gums can begin to heal. Best of all, LANAP treatment doesn’t require any cutting or stitches – unlike traditional gum surgery. Our patients love this aspect of it!
Get your healthy smile back with gum disease treatment in St. Louis, MO. Call 314-334-1474 today to schedule an appointment.