Laser Treatment San Rafael, CA
Periodontal laser treatment penetrates the gums to kill the infection.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. This infection starts with plaque buildup and food particles left on the teeth by improper oral hygiene (brushing and flossing). While the disease may start as a relatively minor irritation, these infections can quickly become more serious deteriorating the gums and other supporting tissue around your teeth. It is also widely known that periodontal disease has serious consequences to your overall general health. Gum disease contributes to such health risks as heart disease, stroke, low birth-weight babies, cancer and is even linked to Alzheimer’s disease. For this reason it is vitally important to prevent these infections. The best way to prevent gum disease is to schedule regular dental cleanings and examinations.
When periodontal infections progress to advanced stages, they cannot be treated with regular oral hygiene appointments. In these cases the gums must have the infection removed with more advanced periodontal treatment.
New technology using laser therapy is now available. During this procedure a special laser is used to penetrate the gums and kill the infection. Laser therapy has a dramatically reduced pain and the healing period since there is no physical surgery on the gum tissue.