Increased awareness and oral health and hygiene treatments have made it possible for more and more people to keep most, in many cases all, of their teeth well into old age. But even with technological improvements to cosmetic and family dentistry services, gum disease is still a concern for many Americans, which is why your dentists, Dr. Megha Joshi and Dr. Achyut Joshi in Moreno Valley, CA, are here to offer you their help.
Although generally associated with aging, and more common in adults over the age of 60, periodontal disease can affect people of all ages. Gum disease ranges in severity from mild bleeding of the gums (early stage gingivitis) to full-blown periodontitis that can result in tooth loss and extreme inflammation of the gums.
The good news is that with prevention and early intervention, gum disease can be treated successfully. Treatment options generally range according to the severity and extent of damage to the teeth and gums.
Gum Disease Treatment in Moreno Valley
Gum disease develops when oral bacteria hardens into plaque and tartar, which causes swelling and inflammation of the gums. Daily brushing and flossing and regular professional dental cleanings help to keep the teeth and gums plaque free. But once it accumulates, a deep cleaning procedure by a dentist is necessary to remove it and clean the teeth and gums (a dental treatment known as root planing and scaling). The procedure is traditionally performed with manual dental tools.
Laser periodontal therapy uses modern, non-invasive dental lasers to separate the injured gum tissue from the root in order to remove all of the inflammation-causing bacteria and plaque. Laser gum therapy offers several advantages:
- Less invasive and typically does not require topical numbing agents or anesthesia (may be a good option for needle-averse patients)
- Minimal bleeding and irritation
- Better precision and accuracy
- Shorter healing and recovery period
Find a Family Dentist in Moreno Valley
For more information on the benefits of laser gum therapy and gum disease prevention and treatment for the entire family, contact the office of Megha Joshi DDS and Achyut Joshi DDS in Moreno Valley, CA, by calling (951) 247-2738 to schedule an appointment today.