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What is Periodontal Disease?

August 10, 2017

woman examining teeth in mirrorYou many know periodontal disease by its common name, gum disease. This oral health condition is also called gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis being the mild form and periodontitis referring to the more advanced stage of gum disease. By any name, periodontal disease is definitely not sweet. In fact, studies indicate that as much as 80% of people over the age of 35 have some form of gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss for this same demographic. Knowing the warning signs and risk factors for the disease and partnering with a dentist to create a preventive dentistry plan can save you from unnecessary damage to your smile and overall health. You can watch our informative video or keep reading to find out more about this chronic oral health condition.
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Periodontal Therapy in OKC: Laser Dentistry Is Right For You

September 2, 2015

laser dentsitry for periodontal therapy okcGum disease is an oral problem with serious implications, and it affects nearly half of adults in the United States. That’s right — 47 percent of American men and women suffer from mild to severe gum, or periodontal, disease. And if you’re reading this post, I’m guessing you’re one of them. You want to know about your treatment options — and you’ve come to the right place.
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Laser Dentistry for Pinpoint Accuracy in Oklahoma City, OK

January 12, 2015

154203434For precision, accuracy and comfort, laser dentistry can’t be matched. This relatively new technology allows dental professionals to focus on a specific area without any risk to the surrounding tissue. At Joe Isaacson Dental in Oklahoma City, OK, Dr. Joe Isaacson uses laser dentistry for a number of periodontal treatments.

A laser produces energy in the form of light. When used for a dental procedure, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it touches. The benefits of laser dentistry include:

  • Minimal damage to surrounding tissue
  • Faster healing time and faster tissue regeneration when that is part of the healing process
  • Reduced risk of bacterial infection, because the laser sterilizes the area of focus
  • Minimal bleeding, because a laser aids in clotting
  • Reduction in the use of anesthesia
  • Soft tissue may not require stitches after some laser dentistry procedures

Laser Dentistry at Joe Isaacson Dental

Dr. Isaacson has successfully used laser dentistry to treat a number of patients with gum disease. Carefully and gently, Dr. Isaacson removes diseased gum tissue, while at the same time disinfecting and cauterizing the area. Bleeding and damage to the surrounding tissue is minimized, so patients have a more comfortable experience.

For patients requiring a cosmetic gum lift, or gingivectomy, because too much tissue shows when they smile, laser dentistry can be a much safer and less painful alternative to traditional surgical methods. Using a soft tissue laser, Dr. Isaacson gently removes excess gum tissue to uncover more tooth structure. The laser treatment is quick, comfortable, and can often be completed in a single visit.

Finally, if you’ve ever had a cold sore, then you know the pain and discomfort such a sore brings. With laser treatment, we can relieve the pain immediately and improve healing time. Because a laser sterilizes the sore and seals sensitive nerve endings, healing time is usually reduced to between 24 to 72 hours.

Call Our Office Today

If you would like to experience the comfort of laser dentistry, then schedule an appointment with Joe Isaacson Dental in Oklahoma City, OK, today. We also conveniently serve patients from Edmond, Yukon, Piedmont, and Mustang and the surrounding communities.

Protect Yourself from the Hidden Dangers of Gum Disease with Dr. Isaacson in OKC

February 6, 2014

Shutterstock Healthy GumsWhen you think of gum disease, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Most likely, the words “periodontal disease” evoke images of bleeding gums and even missing teeth. While it is true that untreated gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, this common condition can result in a variety of other lesser known complications. At Joe Isaacson Dental in Oklahoma City, OK, we treat our patients with laser periodontal therapy to help maintain not only their oral health, but their overall health as well.

The Mouth-Body Connection

When a patient suffers from periodontal disease, the bacteria that causes inflammation, redness and bleeding can seep into the bloodstream that flows throughout the body. If allowed to progress untreated, the disease can spread to other organs and tissues, wreaking havoc on many of the body’s vital systems. Some complications that have been found to correspond with periodontal disease are:

  • Cancer of the blood and pancreas
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Preterm birth and low birth weight babies (in mothers with gum disease)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Increased risk of stroke and heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Respiratory problems

Fortunately for patients affected by gum disease, treatments like laser periodontal therapy at Joe Isaacson Dental drastically diminish the chances of developing these potentially life-threatening conditions.

Treat One Problem to Avoid Many

If you or someone in your family suffers from periodontal disease, it isn’t too late to seek help and protect yourself from future health problems. Contact our office in Oklahoma City, OK today to schedule your appointment and ask about laser periodontal therapy. This revolutionary technology is more gentler and more effective than traditional gum disease treatment and patients love that they heal faster with less discomfort. We can’t wait to show you how simple it can be to reclaim your smile and your overall health. Dr. Isaacson and his team also serve patients from Edmond, Mustang, Yukon, Piedmont and the surrounding communities.