A healthy lifestyle, regular brushing and flossing and visits to the dentist for cleaning are the best way to keep your gums healthy and avoid gum disease. At Corporate Lakes Dental, we can easily treat mild to moderate cases of gum disease. We work with specialists to help you with advanced cases, and usually can help you to avoid surgery.
Our hygienists use a pain-free, ultrasonic deep cleaning to remove bacteria in mild to moderate cases of gum disease. More advanced cases can also be treated with our pain-free, soft-tissue laser treatment.
If you are concerned about the health of your gums, please come in for a No-Charge Consultation. Dr. Shulz will examine your mouth, and help you determine the best course of treatment for your oral health
Removing tarter and pockets of bacteria from your gums and the teeth below the gum line is easy when we use the soft-tissue laser from PulseMaster. This machine allows our hygienists to handle gum disease quickly, and without the need for injections. When used for cleaning, the laser breaks up the tartar and it is flushed out, allowing the gums to heal more effectively.
The diode laser is not much larger than a strand of hair, making the procedure quite comfortable.
Our experienced hygienist aims the laser between your gum tissue and teeth, where it painlessly removes and kills the bacteria that cause gum disease. The small laser is able to penetrate deeply into pockets between the gums and teeth, ensuring that bacteria has no place to hide.
Ultrasonic scaling and root planning, or “deep cleaning,” is a pain-free method for removing stubborn deposits and build-up beneath the gum line. It is the most advanced and effective non-surgical treatment for gum and periodontal disease available.
Dr. Schulz uses the Cavitron ultrasonic wand to treat mild to moderate gum and periodontal disease by removing plaque, tartar and bacteria from the teeth, gums and mouth. Even some advanced cases respond to this non-surgical procedure.
Let Dr. Schulz and his highly trained dental hygienists examine your teeth and gums, and give you a gum treatment plan that is right for you! With the proper course of treatment, and with the laser and good care, your gums will heal with little or no need for surgical intervention.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth. In a healthy state, the gums around your teeth are tight, pink, do not bleed when they are gently probed, and there is little space between the gums and the teeth for bacteria to build up.
If the bacteria are not removed effectively, the first stage of gum disease is that your gums can start to bleed and may become red and swollen (gingivitis). This may not be readily visible, especially in between and around the back teeth, but the space between the gums and teeth becomes bigger. The bacteria now have somewhere to hide.
As the space (pocket) deepens, the bacteria change in nature and become more aggressive. Your body starts to fight this infection. The combination of the bacteria and your body’s response to them leads to a loss of the bone that supports the teeth. This is periodontal disease or periodontitis (periodontitis — a word that comes from the combination of the smaller words: “peri”meaning around, “dont” meaning tooth and “itis” meaning inflammation or infection).
Therefore, the most important thing to do is correctly diagnose the presence and severity of gum disease. We test your gums for signs of gum disease and severity and then an appropriate plan can be made to prevent the spread and progression of the disease.
Factors that contribute to gum disease include poor oral hygiene, irregular professional dental cleanings, smoking or chewing tobacco, certain medications, defective fillings, crooked teeth and systemic diseases.
Warning signs of gum disease are:
A healthy lifestyle, regular brushing and flossing, and regular visits to the dentist for cleanings are the best way to keep your gums healthy and to avoid gum disease.
Your gum tissue is like a frame that provides form and shape to the top of your tooth. A less than attractive, ‘gummy’ smile results when the integrity of the gum is compromised, or the actual gum between your teeth becomes weak. Usually due to poor hygiene (gum disease), you actually begin to lose gum tissue.
Cosmetic gum surgery is the procedure of lengthening your teeth from the neck of the tooth upwards. Dr. Schulz uses the PulseMaster 600 IQ soft-tissue dental laser to painlessly correct a ‘gummy smile.’ Your teeth then appear to be longer and much less gum is seen when you smile.