Gum Disease and Periodontal Therapy
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 60% of the population has moderate to severe gum disease, the major cause of tooth loss in adults, but fewer than 3% receive treatment. "Periodontal surgery is invasive," explains Dr. Nili. "It's painful and scary, and not something patients readily accept. But the PerioLase® and LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPYTM (LPTTM) make treatment as easy as wiping chalk off a blackboard. There's no cutting of flaps, no sutures and a minimum of bleeding."
Periodontal disease starts off as plaque, an opaque film which eventually hardens, forming tartar or calculus. Calculus deposits harbor bacteria which infect the gums. In early stages, this is called Gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush your teeth. Many people experience bad breath and an unpleasant taste in their mouths as well. Unchecked, Gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, a much more serious form of the disease where periodontal pockets are formed, separating teeth from the gums and supporting bone structure. Without treatment, infection becomes severe and the pockets deepen,
resulting in tooth loss.
The way to repair the damage is to get rid of the infection and close up the pockets. Until now, that meant surgery and sutures. But with PerioLase and LPT, patients now have a faster, less invasive, virtually painless alternative.
Dr. Nili is highly
trained and was certified in 1998 to treat periodontal conditions
using the PerioLase®. PerioLase® from the Millennium Dental
Technologies is the first laser designed specifically for the treatment of
periodontal (gum) disease. She was the first dentist fully
trained and licensed by Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc. She was the
first dentist in Orange County to acquire the PerioLase® dental laser in
1998. Dr. Nili has made a substantial investment in her practice, and in her
patients' well-being, which is why she is on the leading edge of dentistry.