A Scalpel-Free Treatment For Gum Disease
Lasers aren’t just something you find in a galaxy far, far away. In this modern information age, lasers can be found everywhere, from the supermarket to the boardroom to phone in the palm of your hand.
Yet for all of their commonplace, everyday applications, why is it that lasers are always associated with danger? Last time I checked, there aren’t any Galactic Stormtroopers around, and even then their aim is so bad that they wouldn’t be all that dangerous, anyway.
Seriously, though, the types of lasers that you really need to be afraid of are so big and bulky that they spend most of their time in a laboratory.
When it comes to dentistry, lasers have been revolutionizing the way medical professionals like your Millburn dentist practice their craft. In my case, it means years of exciting, cutting-edge continuing education to keep up on the latest technology and techniques. It’s good for my patients, and it’s fascinating for me.
So although we have been spending a lot of our time this month detailing how to tackle oral cancer, advanced gum disease has also been linked with certain types of head and neck cancers whose symptoms might evade you in their early stages.
Yet the problems with gum disease will present themselves long before they ever contribute to a dangerous cancer, including bleeding gums, halitosis, loose teeth, and even tooth and jaw bone loss.
You might now be wondering So what do lasers have to do with any of this?
Well, for starters, non-surgical periodontal disease treatment can eradicate gum disease long before (or even during) its moderate and more advanced stages – all without causing you pain.
OK, But What Is Non-Surgical Periodontal Disease Treatment?
A natural follow-up question, and one that I’m happy to answer!
The dental laser that we use here at Millburn Dental Arts is what is known as a PerioLase. This device uses a specially calibrated laser diode to fire a concentrated beam of light.
Because the beam is carefully controlled, both by the machine as well as by my own hand, it will burn away only the infected gum tissues which have become rotten and threaten to infect any remaining healthy tissues.
In contrast to traditional, scalpel-based methods – which can wind up removing just as much healthy gum as infected tissue, increasing recovery times – I will only treat the infected areas, leaving your healthy gum tissue alone.
Therefore, a recovery period that could takes weeks now just takes days with proper, careful oral hygiene! The procedure will cause clotting around the treated areas, so make sure to leave them alone for a day or two while your body’s natural healing response does the rest.
It is really that simple, and thanks in so small part to modern technology. All you need to do is make a commitment to getting your oral health in good working order before any problems with your smile get worse, and you can avoid the dangers of gum disease altogether.
Gum Disease-Cancer Link
Not all cancers start out as a form of gum disease, and not all cases of gum disease lead to cancer.
But that hasn’t stopped researchers from discovering a causal link between people with advanced periodontitis and forms of head and neck cancers. Additionally, gum disease is understood to be a contributing factor to many other diseases, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s and heart disease to name just a few.
Generally speaking, it is thought that the behaviors which contributed to their gum disease – such as failure to brush and floss regularly and bad habits like smoking – also contribute to instances of cancer. It’s not exactly rocket science, but it’s pretty darn close.
Regardless, you are most certainly at a greater risk for gum disease and multiple types of cancer if you are a regular cigarette smoker, so cut it out!
Two Problems, One Solution
You won’t ever have to worry about developing cancer from advanced gum disease if you don’t have gum disease in the first place, and the best way to avoid gum disease is to see your Millburn dentist at least once or twice a year.
Yet if prevention has failed you, don’t worry: I have the technology and the skill to painlessly eliminate your gum disease and improve the health of your entire body.
To schedule a consultation appointment to see if non-surgical gum disease treatment is right for you, please call me at (973) 957-1604, or you may request an appointment online by filling out a quick questionnaire!