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What are the different ways gum disease can be treated and is there a cure?

The only way to slow, stop, or even reverse the effects of gum disease is by physically removing the bacteria, plaque and calculus from underneath your gums.


How Laser Gum Therapy Works

Removing the bad bacteria which cause periodontal disease can be done several different ways. A traditional approach of scaling and root planing (a closed gum deep cleaning) followed by gum or osseous surgery (an opened gum cleaning) is one effective way to remove large amounts of plaque and calculus. A more modern approach is by a minimally invasive procedure called LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) also known as laser periodontal therapy or laser gum therapy. This therapy involves the use of a specialized laser. Additionally, a less effective approach is the use of medications and antibiotics.

Periodontal disease is chronic. The same bacteria which cause periodontal disease are free floating in your mouth and return to your teeth and gums over time. Antibiotics can sometimes help, but only temporarily. Calculus also originates from your saliva and will always return. Calculus sticks to your tooth and root surfaces and cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. Regular periodontal maintenance check-ups and cleanings will always be needed to keep the bacteria from attacking your gums and teeth again.

What are the indications for using a laser to treat periodontal disease? Why will it benefit me versus other methods? Laser periodontal therapy, laser gum therapy, and LANAP™ can be used in almost all patients. The following are specific advantages and indications for this approach in treating periodontal disease:

  • High gummy smile lines / short looking front teeth
  • Very sensitive gums and teeth
  • Loose, shifting, drifting, and moving teeth
  • Swollen and bleeding gums
  • Bone loss and infection around dental implants
  • When patients fear traditional periodontal surgery
  • When a patient has recurrent periodontal infections and recurrent periodontal disease
  • When a patient seeks a minimally invasive approach to treating periodontal disease
  • When someone is on blood thinners such as Aspirin, Coumadin, or Plavix
  • When a patient is seeking a holistic and biologic approach to treating periodontal disease
  • When a patient had medical conditions which would not allow them to have traditional periodontal surgery

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