Gum disease impacts a staggeringly high amount of the US population. According to the CDC, Hawaii is one of the top 10 states with the highest prevalence of periodontitis (about 51 percent of the population). There are varying degrees of severity when it comes to gum disease, but regardless of the severity, gum disease will require treatment to prevent it from progressing.
Sometimes, our Honolulu, HI, dentists Dr. Tony Kim and Dr. Mark Kuioka can treat minor periodontitis with a simple deep cleaning and lifestyle changes; however, when it comes to moderate forms of gum disease, our laser PerioLase system may be able to improve the health of your gums.
What is PerioLase?
Founded by a dentist that hated the fact that there weren’t a lot of gum diseases treatment options that patient deemed acceptable, PerioLase has now become a popular way to treat gum disease with our patients due to laser technology. Instead of having to turn to invasive gum surgery to treat disease, our dental team uses simple laser technology to target and kill the bacteria responsible for gum disease. Once the laser system has destroyed the bad bacteria, this will provide a healthy environment for the gums to turn firm and pink again, as well as reattach to the tooth. PerioLase is the only FDA-approved laser for treating gum disease.
What are the benefits of PerioLase?
One of the major benefits of PerioLase treatment is that it’s a less invasive solution to treating gum disease that helps patients avoid traditional surgery. Laser technology makes this procedure far more effective at destroying bacteria while also preserving more healthy tissue. This means fewer side effects such as swelling and bleeding and a faster recovery time. It also offers an easier treatment process. This procedure can take up to one hour and may be broken up into separate sessions depending on the extent of your gum disease.
Who is a good candidate for PerioLase?
Most patients who have gum disease could be ideal candidates for this laser system. It may be a good option for patients looking to avoid traditional oral surgery but who still require treatment for their gum disease. This is also a safe treatment for those with chronic health problems such as heart disease, as well as pregnant women. If you have recurring gum disease despite trying other therapies and treatment, you may want to consider PerioLase treatment.
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, you must turn to a dentist you trust for immediate care. The Dental Day Spa of Hawaii provides a relaxing, spa-like setting to get any dental treatments you need in a more comfortable environment.