I'm 30 years old, non-smoker, very healthy guy...but i have a moderate case of gum disease. Most likely hereditary from my Dad who struggled with it for many years before losing his teeth. I have 5 & 6 mm pockets, and they are still very red and tender. I had a planing & scaling done in November of 07, some improvement, then back to square 1. Dentist did another planing & scaling in March (free of charge because the first time didn't work), again...some improvement, but then it went back to the normal state. I've been extremely dilligent on my home care - brushing with Sonicare twice daily, flossing twice daily, brushing w/ peroxide and baking soda, taking multi vitamins, etc. Nothing seems to help. According the my x rays, I have some bone loss, but it's still somewhat early. My Dentist thinks I'm maintaining, not getting worse.
I went for a consult to a periodondist, and he's reccomending surgery (cutting). I've been told once you go down this path, it's likely to lead to more cutting in the future. Starting this at age 30 doesn't thrill me.
I went for another consult today to a specialist who does the Periolase treatmenet with a laser. This seems like a less invasive approach and doesn't result in as much gum loss. She claims pockets are reduced on average by 50%, less painful, and faster recovery. This sounds like an appealing option, but I'm wondering how proven this approach is? Anyone know of the pros / cons of this type of procedure?
Any other options to consider?