LANAP Laser Gum Surgery For Treating Gum Disease
Dentistry has changed over the past several years for the better. New and cutting edge techniques and treatments have been developed to provide patients with very high levels of comfort and results.
One specific are of breakthrough in dentistry is in the use of lasers to treat gum disease.
No one likes to think about having gum disease but the fact is many Americans have it most of them don’t even know it.
The technical term for gum disease is Periodontitis. It is a degenerative condition that attacks the soft tissues of the gums and the underlying bone that hold your teeth in place.
If gum disease is left untreated, it can cause a variety of health issues. One such issue is the deterioration of your bone in your jaws. This will cause your teeth to shift and move which will lead to your bite becoming misaligned. Many people with gum disease often end up having TMJ issues as well.
A more serious threat that gum disease poses is the risk of heart disease. Many studies have shown that the bacteria that is involved in gum disease travels through the blood stream and makes its way to a person’s heart.
Many people are shocked when they find out that their heart problems are caused by the formation of gum disease.
There are several causes of gum disease:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
Despite there being several causes, poor oral hygiene is generally the culprit. Plaque builds up on our teeth over time and if that plaque is not removed, the bacteria inside of it multiplies and causes gum disease.
If plaque is not removed, then it forms into tartar. Tartar has a rough surface and promotes the build up of even more plaque causing your gum disease to become even worse.
What Are The Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Receding gums
- Bleeding gums when you floss or brush
- Very swollen and reddened gums
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Bad breath
- Teeth become loose and move around in the mouth
- Pus generated from where your teeth meet the gum line
There are basically 3 stages to gum disease:
When gum disease reaches stage 2 periodontitis, irreversible damage is being done to your body.
What Is LANAP And How Can Help Treat Gum Disease
LANAP stands for “Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure.”
It is a surgical therapy for the treatment of gum disease. What makes it truly unique is that it is the first and only FDA cleared laser protocol available for treating gum disease.
LANAP can save the teeth you would otherwise loose or would require extraction by promoting bone regeneration around your teeth.
Here are the benefits:
- It saves teeth
- Reduces pocket depth
- Regenerates bone growth to achieve optimum gum health
- It’s FDA cleared
- Less painful and more successful than traditional surgeries
- Faster healing times
- Little to no gum recession
- New bone growth and tissue reattachment
- Minimal recovery time
- No cutting, sewing and most of all “fear”
How Does LANAP Work?
LANAP uses a very sophisticated laser to provide each patient with a less invasive and more acute treatment of gum disease. The treatment targets and kills the bacteria that causes gum disease, removes any damaged gum tissue and reattaches healthy tissue to surface of the tooth’s root.
Simply put, LANAP offers a more predictable long-term result than other forms of treatment.
LANAP doesn’t require general anesthesia like the more invasive treatments may require. Discomfort is minimized and healing times are reduced. This means you will get back to the things you love much quicker.
Here at Dental Care of Corona, we strive to provide our patients with the best in treatment options as well as outcomes. If you think you may have gum disease and you have some of the symptoms mentioned above, then we invite you to give us a call and ask about LANAP.