Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects 75 percent of Americans. Its symptoms include bleeding, swollen or tender gums, and if left untreated, can cause loose teeth, receding gums, and bad breath. A gum infection can also spread through the bloodstream and contribute to serious systemic diseases. Colorado Advanced Dentistry uses the latest technology to eliminate gum disease easily and painlessly. Here’s a look at the advancement of gum disease treatment:
Fighting Gum Disease in the Past
Dentists were once faced with few treatment options for gum disease, and the procedures that did exist were either ineffective or highly painful, leading many Americans to leave their mouths untreated while gum disease worsened.
- Cleaning—Dentists tried to postpone problems related to gum disease by cleaning—an option which is often not effective at slowing periodontal disease.
- Surgery—The only surgery available involved cutting into the gums and scraping them away from the teeth, a technique known as root planing and tooth scaling. The procedure was extremely painful and caused irreparable harm to the remaining gum tissue. Many people chose to live with gum disease rather than face this surgery.
Gum Disease Treatment Today
Recent advancements in technology have made painful and difficult treatment a thing of the past. Colorado Advanced Dentistry is committed to using the most advanced technology to treat gum disease, which is why our office and staff are equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to be national leaders in gum disease treatment.
- Laser Gum Therapy—This treatment, called the LANAP procedure, uses laser technology to safely and effectively treat gum disease. The laser targets damaged tissue without harming healthy areas, promoting gum reattachment and allowing the unaffected tissue to help in the healing process. Lasers also eliminate side effects like swelling, pain, and receding gums, allowing for a healthy and beautiful smile after treatment.
If you’ve been avoiding gum disease treatment due to a fear of pain and suffering, you don’t have to worry any longer. Colorado Advanced Dentistry is ready to eliminate your painful infection with laser gum treatment. Call (720) 420-1103 to set up an appointment.