A doctor, a dry cleaner, a lawyer and an accountant. No, that is not the start of a bad joke, but rather professional service providers that most American adults believe they should have. A dentist should also be included among that group, especially given the large percentage of adults in the U.S. who suffer from dental issues. Yet while your dentist is no doubt able to deliver quality therapeutic and preventative care, there may be certain cases that go beyond the scope of treatment that he or she can offer.

General Dental Services

Your dentist can typically offer you general services such as

·         Cleanings and checkups

·         Tooth extractions

·         Crown placement

·         Cavity treatment

·         Root canals

·         Cosmetic procedures

However, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that as many as 25 percent of adults ages 20-64 have some form of periodontal disease, with 15 percent suffering from cases deemed to be moderate to severe. Your dentist may be able to offer you non-surgical treatment options, but if your condition has progressed beyond initial stages, more aggressive intervention may be required.

The Advantage a Periodontist Offers

Periodontists such as Dr. Stephen Strout can offer you advanced dental surgery using laser technology. This service has become the preferred method of treatment for gum and periodontal disease due to

·         Increased accuracy

·         Minimal patient discomfort

·         Faster delivery of treatment

·         Improved outcomes

Given a periodontist’s emphasis on treating soft tissue and bone disease, it is little wonder why such providers are relied upon to deliver laser gum surgery. In many cases, your general dentist may even refer you to a periodontist like Dr. Strout if he or she believes it offers you the best chance of successfully treating your condition.

If your gum or periodontal disease has progressed to the point of needing advanced treatment, it is time to give Advanced Periodontics and Implant Surgery a call. Dr. Strout is prepared to provide you with state-of-the-art laser gum surgery treatment to help get you back to a state of good oral health. To discuss your treatment options, contact us to schedule a consultation appointment right away.