The gums are the foundation of your smile, providing support for your teeth and protecting the tooth roots. Despite the importance of gum health, many adults will neglect proper flossing and checkups to avoid gum disease. In fact, about 75% of adults suffer from gum disease, which can cause serious problems with your smile if left untreated. At Aura Dental, we offer sophisticated treatment options for gum disease to help you painlessly maintain a healthy smile in Houston.
Progression of Gum Disease
Gum disease begins as gingivitis, which is characterized by mild inflammation of the gum tissue that may result in some redness, swelling, and bleeding while brushing or flossing. As gingivitis progresses into more advanced stages of periodontal disease, the infection of the gum tissue spreads, causing the gums to recede and expose parts of the tooth roots. There are many possible causes of gum disease, but it is often related to inadequate flossing techniques.
Potential Problems with Periodontal Disease
If you do not take action to prevent or treat gum disease, it can threaten your teeth, since gum recession will limit the supportive structure of healthy teeth. Gum disease can also affect your whole-body health, as there have been links shown between gum disease and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
Gum Disease Treatment Options
Traditionally, treatment for gum disease is an extensive process involving grafting surgeries with long recovery times and significant patient discomfort. Aura Dental offers modern alternatives to gum grafting techniques so that you can get the care you need without fear of painful procedures.
Laser Gum Therapy
Laser gum therapy with the LANAP procedure involves the use of pulsed laser light, which is targeted at the gum tissue between the teeth. The laser light removes diseased and damaged tissue and helps to kill the bacteria that cause gum disease. The laser also promotes the regeneration of new, healthy tissue to rebuild the structure of the gums for long-lasting results.
Call (832) 674-8043
At the first signs of gum disease, call (832) 674-8043 to schedule your initial consultation at Aura Dental. We are accepting new patients in our Houston area practice, and we provide care for the whole family with services including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and periodontal care.