Gum and Periodontal Disease
To enjoy a beautiful smile with longevity, you need healthy gums. The condition of the gums (also called periodontal tissue) is important for holding teeth in place and so much more. Did you know that an oral infection can let bacteria enter the rest of the body through the gums? This is just one reason Dr. Morris takes a thorough stance on maintaining ideal gum health, with the most gentle dental tools–including laser dentistry–in Sarasota.
Laser-Assisted Treatment of Gum Disease
Laser dentistry offers Sarasota patients of Dr. Morris the most comfortable gum therapy! Many patients have gums that bleed, and are completely unaware of it. When gums bleed, bacteria and toxins from the mouth enter the bloodstream. From there, they can travel throughout the body and increase the risk of systemic effects, such as heart disease or diabetes complications.
The dental laser is a welcome advancement from the older method of the scalpel and sutures! Dr. Morris uses a CO2 laser to treat inflamed gums with large pockets. The benefits of Sarasota laser dentistry by Dr. Morris are many:
- It’s virtually painless!
- No shots or numbing are necessary!
- Gums heal very quickly – healing begins during treatment
- The laser kills bacteria and viruses
- Gums are never cut (unlike the scalpel method)
- Laser promotes gum reattachment from the bottom of the pocket up
- Medication, great home care, and laser treatments help prevent the return of gum disease
Request your appointment with Dr. Morris today, and learn how laser dentistry can keep you healthy.
Blood Testing for Systemic Manifestations
For patients who have inflamed gums, Dr. Morris can easily get an understanding of the risk of systemic infection by conducting a simple blood test. The blood test reports levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). When levels are high, it could mean there is an increased risk (or the presence) of an infection in the body. Patients with heart disease or a condition that compromises the immune system may be referred to an appropriate physician, to manage their condition.
Dr. Morris also performs a test that monitors blood glucose levels over time. The bacteria which enters the body through the infected gum tissue has been shown to cause insulin resistance and the inability to control blood sugar levels. This can cause pre-diabetics to become diabetic and wreak havoc to the organs of diabetics. To know more about blood testing and your general health, make your appointment with World Class Dentistry and Facial Esthetics® today!
It’s easy to protect your oral and overall wellness at World Class Dentistry and Facial Esthetics®. Dr. Morris can conduct a painless spit test, to reveal if you have the human papillomavirus (HPV) or the bacteria that cause gum disease. HPV can cause cancer, so early detection is vital for the best outcome. Many adults have this virus – it is sexually transmitted.
If your spit test shows the presence of bacteria that cause gum disease, treatment is a little easier. Dr. Morris can learn which bacteria are there, so she can eliminate it with antibiotics. Rest easy – understand the health of your mouth with salivary testing. Call for your appointment with Dr. Morris today!
Dr. Morris offers excellent, thorough periodontal care that revolves around your individual needs. With regular visits to World Class Dentistry and Facial Esthetics®, you can keep tabs on the health of your gums, and your overall wellness! Book your appointment with us today.
Before & After Cases
All cases are actual patients of World Class Dentistry®, click to view full size images!