Gum disease is a serious condition, and (when left unchecked) can extensively damage your mouth, your gums, and your teeth. Researchers even suggest there is a link between gum disease and other conditions like respiratory disease, heart disease, and diabetes. When it comes to gum disease, keep an eye on the status of any symptoms. Laser dentistry may be needed to manage the symptoms and maintain your oral health.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

You may have gum disease (also known as gingivitis or the more severe periodontitis) if you notice any of the following symptoms:

·         Sores in the mouth

·         Pus between the teeth and gums

·         Constant bad breath

·         Bleeding while eating hard food, flossing, or brushing

·         Swollen, tender, red gums

·         Pain in the mouth

·         Separating or loose teeth

·         Teeth that look longer because the gums are pulling away from them

·         Change in the bite or fit of dentures

If you notice any of these symptoms, what treatment options are available to you? In the past, many treatments have been invasive and painful, but laser dentistry has changed the way this condition is treated.

More About Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry at The Lakes Family Dental allows general dentist Dr. Alvarado to clean hard and soft tissue without any scalpels, incisions, or sutures. New technology is used to pinpoint areas that are seriously damaged, clean the damaged tissue, and move the gums to where they can better support the tooth. There is no need for numbing or anesthesia when a laser is used.

When gum disease got out of control and the gums fully receded from the teeth of past patients, the condition used to be treated with a procedure that cut the damaged gums away and stitched new ones in place. Now, the laser allows the dentist to do similar procedures that provide the same results, but without blood loss or pain.

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If you have questions about laser dentistry, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alvarado in McAllen, TX. Your gum disease can be managed and your oral health can be maintained.