Treating Periodontal Disease With Laser Gum Surgery

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a chronic gum disease that damages the soft tissue and underlying bone that support the teeth. It can also cause a tooth to loosen or, eventually, tooth loss. 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, however, it is only a temporary solution. Regular periodontal maintenance check-ups and cleanings will always be needed to keep the bacteria from attacking your gums and teeth again.

Causes Of Periodontal Disease.

Periodontal disease is a common but very preventable disease. It is caused by bacteria in dental plaque. If left untreated, the plaque build up will eventually advance to periodontal disease. Here is how:

  • When the sugars and starches from the food you eat interact with the bacteria, plaque begins to form on the teeth.
  • If not removed, plaque can harden into tartar, also known as calculus. 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. Professional assistance is needed to remove it from your teeth.
  • Chronic gum inflammation can cause periodontal disease. The inflamed gums creates pockets where bacteria and plaque can harbor and manifest.

Practicing good oral hygiene, such as, brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and regular dental check ups, can help your treatment and reduce your chance of developing periodontal disease.

Laser Gum Treatment.

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. The removal of the harmful bacteria that cause periodontal disease can be done through several gum treatment procedures. 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 surgery or laser gum surgery. This innovative laser gum treatment involves the use of a specialized laser. Some indications for using laser to treat periodontal disease include:

  • High gummy smile / short crown length.
  • Very sensitive gums and teeth.
  • Loose, shifting, drifting, and moving teeth.
  • Swollen and bleeding gums.
  • Bone loss and infection around dental implants.

Additionally, a less effective approach is the use of medications and antibiotics.

Benefits of LANAP™.

Laser periodontal surgery, laser gum surgery, and LANAP™ can be used on almost all patients. LANAP™ is a laser surgery for periodontal disease that provides patients with a variety of advantages compared to traditional gum surgical methods. This procedure allows our specialists to not only improve your oral hygiene, but protect your overall health as well. It is best for patients who are seeking a holistic and biological approach to treating periodontal disease. The following are specific advantages of laser for periodontal disease treatment:

  • No scalpel or blade used during this procedure with no need for sutures.
  • Minimized discomfort and swelling.
  • Faster, easier recovery compared to traditional gum disease treatment.
  • Minimal gum recession.
  • Long-lasting results.

Periodontal disease is a common condition that can cause serious health issues when left untreated. For patients who have recurrent periodontal infections and periodontal disease, LANAP™ is an effective solution.