a. Why do I need gum therapy when my teeth seem perfectly alright?
Gums and the underlying bones are the foundation on which healthy teeth lie. In medical terms the gums and bones are referred to as a system known as the "periodontium". Like any other system in the body, it is liable for infection, wound and subsequent weakening. Professional cleaning (known as scaling) helps keep the gums and teeth clean, when performed periodically, by a dentist. When not cared for properly, gums can become swollen, discharge pus, erode the bone and subsequently lead to loss of teeth. So it is important to take treatment when suggested by an expert.
b. What are the various gum treatments?
Depending upon the severity and requirement, several gum treatments are available including professional cleaning (scaling), Deep cleaning (curettage), Removal of debris and infection from deep down the gums (root planning) and gum surgery in severe cases.
c. How does laser help in gum therapy?
LASER helps in doing a quick, efficient and sterile gum therapy with minimal bleeding. It makes the region completely bacteria free in a very short span of time. It helps hasten the healing process and makes the treatment highly comfortable for the patient.
d. Can the gums be affected by other diseases?
Yes. The periodontium can be affected by diseases like Diabetes Mellitus, High blood pressure, certain medications and infections. A routine checkup will help keep your gums and bones healthy and also discover when the gum health worsens