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Periodontics

Periodontics

Periodontics comes from the Greek words peri (around) and odons (teeth). Periodontics is the field of dentistry that deals with the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. While Dr. Wilson is not a periodontist, he has nearly 20 years of experience treating gum disease with non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques that include laser and perio-tray methods.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone that support teeth, and it usually starts early in adulthood. It results when plaque hardens, creates spaces between teeth, and releases toxins that ravage gum tissue. Gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss, and recent studies have linked it to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illness, stroke, and pregnancy complications.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Swollen or reddened gums

  • Chronic bad breath

  • Gums that bleed during brushing

 

  • Receding gums (longer teeth)

  • Pockets between teeth

  • Loose teeth or changes in bite

  • Treatment for Gum Disease

Gum disease is serious – in fact, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, patients with gum disease are almost twice as likely to develop heart disease or type 2 diabetes. Many patients avoid treatment due to fear, anxiety, or time constraints. At TLC, we offer a revolutionary way to treat gum disease. Dr. Wilson combines the use of a periodontal laser with an antimicrobial tray delivery system for fast, effective, predictable results to help restore oral health.

We take high-tech care personally! Call today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Gordon Wilson. Our Phoenix dental office serves patients from Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix with all phases of general dentistry and revolutionary alternatives to gum surgery. Our Peoria dental office serves patients from Peoria, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Waddell, El Mirage, Sun City and Sun City West. Come and see for yourself why patients are willing to drive to Scottsdale from all across Arizona, and fly in from states all across the United States to be cared for by Dr. Wilson.

Therapeutic Laser Care

Therapeutic Laser Care (TLC) is a comprehensive method of treating all stages of gum disease without the need for scalpels or stitches. Since no two patients are alike, it is customized to the individual need of each patient. The overall goal of TLC is to eliminate pocketing and bleeding in the least-invasive, most cost-effective and affordable manner possible. The majority of the time, we are able to accomplish this non-invasively, utilizing a patented medical device which eliminates the anaerobic bacteria that cause periodontal disease.

Occasionally, TLC involves the use of a soft tissue laser which removes diseased tissue while simultaneously disinfecting and cauterizing the gum tissue. Lasers are extremely precise, and enable us to work on all areas of the mouth without damaging surrounding tissue.

No Scalpels, No Stitches!

With TLC, there’s no scalpel and no stitches. The laser’s concentrated wavelength vaporizes diseased tissue and promotes faster reattachment. Patients report a greater level of comfort with Therapeutic Laser Care than traditional gum surgery or other periodontal laser procedures. They can even eat a meal or go straight back to work shortly following TLC.

Dr. Wilson was one of the first four dentists in the world to be licensed by Millennium Dental Technologies in the patented technique called LANAP™. He has taken his knowledge and experience of several different periodontal laser therapies and he’s combined it with Perio Protect® trays to form the TLC protocol in an effort to provide the most effective gum treatment possible. Dr. Wilson’s TLC protocol customizes a plan for each of the five stages of periodontal health. As the founder of the Arizona Periodontal Laser Institute, Dr. Wilson lectures dentists nationwide on this revolutionary gum disease treatment method.

We take high-tech care personally! Call today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Gordon Wilson. Our Scottsdale dental office serves patients from Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix with all phases of general dentistry and revolutionary alternatives to gum surgery. Come and see for yourself why patients are willing to drive to Scottsdale from all across Arizona, and fly in from states all across the United States to be cared for by Dr. Wilson.

 

Perio Protect

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that affects the gums. Antimicrobial medication is an important part of any gum disease treatment. However, because of a saliva like fluid called crevicular flow, it can be difficult to keep the medication between the gums, where it’s needed most. Until now. With Perio Protect® trays, the medication stays put, giving bacteria nowhere to hide.Perio Protect® trays are custom-designed based on impressions of your teeth and gums. The trays are lined with the medication, and they can be used in the comfort of your own home.

This means you can continue to fight gum disease even after you leave the dentist’s office. While treatment times will vary according to the severity of the disease, many patients notice dramatic results after just one week of use.

Perio Protect trays® work best in conjunction with professional therapies, like Therapeutic Laser Care. Dr. Wilson uses his unique periodontal protocol to achieve amazing results, even for patients who have been told that flap surgery is their only option.

With Perio Protect® and Therapeutic Laser Care, Dr. Wilson can restore oral health for patients with all stages of periodontal disease, including moderate and severe periodontitis.

We take high-tech care personally! Call today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Gordon Wilson. Our Scottsdale dental office serves patients from Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix with all phases of general dentistry and revolutionary alternatives to gum surgery. Come and see for yourself why patients are willing to drive to Scottsdale from all across Arizona, and fly in from states all across the United States to be cared for by Dr. Wilson.

 

Gum Disease Linked To Heart Health

Believe it or not, how you take care of your teeth and gums affects not only your oral health, but it impacts your cardiovascular health, too. Although scientists are not certain of the precise relationship between the heart and oral hygiene, studies consistently demonstrate a link. In fact, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease.

It’s possible that a mouth filled with bacteria and their toxins allows a continuous stream of poisons to enter the system. If the bacteria reach your arteries, they may cause the same kind of irritation they caused in your gums and mouth. Arterial wall irritations typically result in a buildup of protective plaque, which in turn can harden, thus blocking blood flow. Without sufficient blood flow, your heart can easily have a myocardial infarction, also known as a heart attack. Furthermore, loosened arterial plaque can travel through the bloodstream, reach your brain, and cause a stroke.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone that support teeth, and it usually starts early in life, then progresses as a person ages. It all starts when plaque hardens into tartar (also called calculus) below the gum line. This irritates vulnerable soft tissues and infection can set in. Combined with decaying food particles lodged between teeth and bacteria emitted by plaque, the infection can spread quickly. Symptoms are so mild in the early phase, many patients don’t recognize them: red, tender, swollen gums, bleeding when brushing teeth.

As the condition progresses, gums recede from teeth and pockets of bacteria form. The bacteria can destroy gum tissue and bone, causing tooth and bone loss.

Maintaining Good Periodontal Health

Regular dental visits at least every six months allow us to keep a watchful eye on the health of your gums. It’s been recommended that you should also brush twice a day, floss once a day, and use good mouth rinses at home. Unfortunately, daily brushing, flossing and mouth rinses aren’t helpful enough when it comes to controlling periodontal disease. We will show you exactly what you need to do to optimize your oral homecare. We will help you overcome periodontal disease to ensure your mouth stays healthy for a lifetime.

We take high-tech care personally! Call today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Gordon Wilson. Our Scottsdale dental office serves patients from Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix with all phases of general dentistry and revolutionary alternatives to gum surgery. Come and see for yourself why patients are willing to drive to Scottsdale from all across Arizona, and fly in from states all across the United States to be cared for by Dr. Wilson.

 

Gum Disease And Diabetes

The link between gum disease and diabetes has been debated for some time. Researchers agree that the link exists, but the relationship is unclear. Are patients with diabetes more susceptible to gum disease, or is it the other way around? In recognition of National Diabetes Month, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has released some new guidelines on oral health for people with diabetes.

According to recent studies, a two-way relationship exists between oral health and diabetes. Gum disease, an infection of the soft tissues that support the teeth, increases blood sugar levels, which elevates the risk of diabetic complications. Patients who already have diabetes are more susceptible to infection, and therefore, more likely to contract the disease. The bottom line? Everyone, especially diabetics, needs to pay close attention to his or her oral health.

Caught in its early stages, gum disease can be treated and reversed. Statistics show that up to 85% of Americans have some form of gum disease, usually mild, like gingivitis. Dr. Wilson can show you at-home methods to reduce the risk of gum disease and provide simple therapies to restore your oral health.

Common treatments for gum disease include:

  • Scaling – removing plaque from below the gum line.

  • Root Planing – smoothing tooth roots to prevent bacterial attachment.

  • Antimicrobials- battling the infection with an agent that is destructive to (or inhibits the growth of) microorganisms.

Patients with advanced gum disease (Periodontitis) benefit from Therapeutic Laser Care. According to the IDF, diabetics who had their gum disease treated showed considerable improvement. If you have diabetes, we can develop a plan of action that removes obstacles to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

We take high-tech care personally! Call today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Gordon Wilson. Our Scottsdale dental office serves patients from Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix with all phases of general dentistry and revolutionary alternatives to gum surgery. Come and see for yourself why patients are willing to drive to Scottsdale from all across Arizona, and fly in from states all across the United States to be cared for by Dr. Wilson.

 

Therapeutic Laser Care - Now with two convenient locations to serve all your dental needs.

Peoria Location

10144 North Lake Pleasant Pkwy,

#1100,

Peoria, AZ 85382

Phone. 623-455-5859

Email. Dr.Wilson@TLC4Gums.com

Phoenix Location

18325 North Allied Way Suite 115,

Phoenix, AZ 85054

Phone. 480-661-4867

Email. Dr.Wilson@TLC4Gums.com