Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a condition that affects nearly 3 out of 4 Americans. Periodontal disease is typically caused by excessive bacteria and plaque buildup around the teeth that infect the tissues and trigger your body’s inflammatory response. This not only deteriorates your gum tissues and bone structures, but can also lead to more serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and gastric ulcers. So how can you treat gum disease before it gets worse? Consider how laser gum treatment has revolutionized the way dentists look at and treat gum disease.
Laser Gum Treatments vs. Older Techniques
The LANAP, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is an FDA-approved method of eliminating or repairing diseased gum tissues without the pain and inconvenience of older methods. The LANAP procedure virtually eliminates the chances of swelling, pain, sensitivity, and receding gums without surgically amputating both diseased and healthy tissue. Older treatment methods consisted of root planing and scaling of the teeth—two painful surgical procedures in which the gums are cut and scraped away from the teeth. Additional surgical treatments included flap surgery, pocket reduction, bone grafts, bone surgery, and guided tissues regeneration, all of which required a considerable amount of healing time. Laser gum treatments concentrate solely on the diseased tissues without disrupting any healthy tissues, which streamlines the healing process. Unlike traditional gum amputation procedures, the LANAP laser gum treatment has also been shown to stimulate the regrowth and reattachment of tissue to the teeth, something that has never before been achievable.
Dr. VanWechel with Colorado Advanced Dentistry has been using the FDA-approved LANAP laser gum treatment to eliminate gum disease and regenerate healthy gum tissue since 2006. Call (720) 420-1103 today to set up a consultation and get back on the road to a healthier you.
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