Dr. Harper treats your oral health in holistic and comprehensive manner, emphasizing the importance of healthy gums as a foundation for strong, healthy teeth. He has incorporated a wide range of dental technologies, including laser dentistry, into his Poquoson dentist office to enable he and his staff to spot developing problems with periodontal health in the early stages and offer accurate, effective treatment.
Treating gum disease in the early stage, known as gingivitis, can reduce the risk of permanent damage to the gums and the tooth structure: gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss among adult patients.
Signs and symptoms of gum disease
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifted teeth
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the fit of dentures
- Sores in the mouth
Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease. When caught early, gingivitis, is highly treatable and even reversible. Dr. Harper will perform an extensive cleaning and recommend brushing and flossing twice a day. Antibacterial mouth rinses and other aids may be prescribed to reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth. He will also schedule follow up cleanings more than the usual twice a year until the gingivitis is gone.
If your condition is more advanced, Dr. Harper may perform more intensive cleaning procedures such as scaling and root planing. Other treatment may include laser dentistry.
Dr. Harper can deliver more comfortable treatment for gingivitis and gum disease using Prophy-Jet technology. The Prophy-Jet sprays a high pressured solution of water and baking soda to the surface of teeth to blast away deposits such as plaque. This eliminates the need for scraping or drilling, resulting in a more pleasant experience and quicker recovery.
Diode Dental Laser
The diode laser is especially useful in periodontal procedures including the treatment of gum disease. A high-energy beam is used to “cut” away diseased tissue, instantly killing bacteria and reducing the amount of bleeding and swelling. Patients who undergo laser dentistry are more comfortable and have quicker healing.
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