Q: What is the difference between gum disease and periodontitis?
A: Periodontitis, or periodontal disease, is the advanced stages of gum disease and develops when gingivitis is left untreated. Plaque accumulation results in inflamed and bleeding gum tissues, further exacerbated by the presence of disease causing bacteria. Harmful oral bacteria residing beneath the gum line causes the body to destroy the bone that supports the teeth. You may need to undergo laser surgery to eradicate this infection.
Q: What is the least painful way to treat gum disease?
A: Periodontal surgery with the LANAP® laser protocol is the least traumatic way to treat an infection in the mouth, as it does not involve the use of incisions or sutures. This minimally invasive procedure provides a fast recovery time and you can get back to your regular activities right after treatment.
Q: What are the benefits of laser gum surgery?
A: LANAP® laser treatment allows for a fast healing time and can help you save healthy teeth. It also triggers bone regeneration and prevents gum recession.
Q: How do I know if laser treatment is safe?
A: The PerioLase® MVP-7™ used with laser periodontal surgery is an FDA cleared treatment and is backed by extensive studies. Dr. Kent is trained to perform periodontal surgery using this innovative laser.
Q: How do I know if periodontal surgery is right for me?
A: If you have been diagnosed with gum disease and do not want to undergo traditional gum surgery, laser periodontal surgery may be the best option for you. Dr. Kent can provide more information about the procedure during your consultation. Schedule your periodontal surgery appointment in Birmingham, AL with Dr. Kent today!