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By Advanced Dental Concepts
February 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that almost half of the adult population in the United States has some form of gum disease. If your dentist places you in that number, don't despair because Dr. Richard Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA is trained in periodontics and offers many modern solutions, including laser periodontal therapy.Gum Disease

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar build-up at and below the gum. This accumulation harbors bacteria destructive not only to the gum tissue, enamel, tooth roots and bone, but also to systemic health. Common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • red, swollen gums, sometimes with pus
  • bad breath
  • loose teeth
  • receding gum tissue
  • formation of deep pockets between gums and teeth

While these symptoms of periodontitis are obvious, other signs are more hidden. Adverse health effects include:

  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease
  • stroke
  • pregnancy complications
  • low birth weight babies
  • dementia and Alzheimer's disease

Treatment of Gum Disease

Traditional periodontal therapy--tooth scaling and root planing--helps many people regain the health of their gum tissues and to retain their teeth. However, more technically advanced treatments, available at Advanced Dental Concepts, can more quickly and comfortably restore gum tissue.

In Andover, Dr.Hopgood uses the innovative LANAP protocol and PerioLase MVP-7 laser to kill oral bacteria below the gum line safely, comfortably and best of all, effectively. This outstanding protocol eliminates up to 90 percent of a patient's diseased gum tissue in one appointment lasting less than 2 hours.

The PerioLase MVP-7 laser is:

  • FDA-cleared
  • well-tolerated by most any patient, allowing for a quick recovery time
  • so fast that it literally vaporizes the bacteria in gum pockets, allowing gum tissue to reattach to tooth roots
  • tissue-sparing
  • different from other treatment tools because it helps damaged bone structure to regenerate

Most practitioners using this protocol and laser also employ ultrasonic root scaling to smooth rough root surfaces and facilitate tissue reattachment.

Dr. Richard Hopgood at Advanced Dental Concepts

Dr. Hopgood is certified in the use of the PerioLase MVP-7 laser and recommends it for patients who wish to see their oral health improve dramatically and permanently in just 1 to 2 dental visits. Also an expert in many other highly technical dental and periodontal restorative procedures, Dr. Hopgood desires to see all his patients have healthy, attractive smiles for life.

Call Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA to ask about laser periodontal therapy and how it could help your oral health today.