What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease typically begins with bacteria growing around the teeth, causing infection and triggering the body’s inflammatory response. The combined bacterial onslaught and inflammatory reaction ultimately result in the destruction of the gum and the bone around the teeth. Left untreated, it causes loose teeth, exposed roots, bad breath, bleeding, swelling and pain. Gum disease is a major factor in tooth loss for adults.
How Can Gum Disease Be Treated?
In the past, the treatment options were universally unappealing, and this may be one of the reasons periodontal disease is so rampant in America today. Treatment consisted of root planing and scaling of the teeth—and painful surgery in which the gums are cut and scraped away from the teeth. It is fear of this painful treatment that may have kept so many people with gum disease from seeking help. In recent years, however, advances in the development of laser gum therapy are bringing more and more people with gum disease back to their dentists for treatment.
Laser Gum Therapy
Dr. Snitzer uses the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) to treat gum disease. In accordance with FDA requirements, he completed all coursework with the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry and began providing this new technology to his patients with gum disease in 2006. LANAP and the Periolase laser procedure represent a significant (some would say revolutionary) advance in the treatment of gum disease.