Studies show us that the most common cause of tooth loss for adults isn’t cavities – it’s periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this condition is one of the most common oral health problems people face today; however, its relatively mild symptoms often make it difficult for Gilbert patients to realize they even require care. With regular check-ups at Smiles by Hanna, Dr. Hanna Mansoor and her team can diagnose periodontal disease right when it appears and provide effective treatment using our newest technology, the Waterlase Laser, in a careful, comfortable fashion.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
There are some tell-tale symptoms of periodontal disease that patients can look for when brushing or flossing. They include:
- Bleeding gums
- Gums that seem particularly swollen or tender
- Persistent bad breath
- Teeth that feel strangely loose
- A bite that suddenly feels different
- Teeth that appear longer over time (a receding gum line)
Once Dr. Hanna has made her diagnosis, our recommendations for care will depend on the severity of your condition. If we’ve caught the condition early, an improved oral hygiene routine at home may be enough to reverse any ill effects. More moderate cases, however, could require an in-depth cleaning known as scaling and root planing, antibiotic therapy, laser therapy, or even surgical intervention.
Soft Tissue Laser Treatment
If you need diseased tissue removed from your gums, a state-of-the-art laser can perform the procedure with more accuracy and comfort than the traditional scalpel method. However, Dr. Hanna doesn’t have just any soft tissue laser –she’s proud to offer exceptional care with the Biolase Waterlase system. There are no needles and no drills with this state-of-the-art system, and patients will find that any bleeding or swelling is minimized for a better experience overall.
To schedule an examination with Dr. Mansoor, contact our office in Gilbert at (480) 279-3700.