Most of us will experience some degree of gum disease during our lifetime. Gum disease occurs when plaque that is allowed to build up on the teeth spreads on to the gum tissue. The bacteria in this plaque causes irritation and soreness that triggers mild and easily overlooked symptoms such as red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush your teeth. However, since there is probably no pain, many of us choose to ignore the warning signs and allow this progressive condition to worsen. When this happens, it turns into severe periodontal disease – something which can cause serious, debilitating conditions and have long-term consequences for our smile, our oral health, and our overall wellbeing.
When periodontal disease is allowed to progress, it causes bad breath, abscesses, severe pain, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. Research has also found that patients with advanced periodontal disease are more likely to be affected by chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Laser gum treatment is a popular new, FDA-approved alternative to conventional surgery for severe periodontal disease. The only laser-based variety of periodontal therapy given this important approval is the LANAPÒ protocol. This is a tissue preserving, regenerative and bone-building procedure that uses a specific wavelength of energy in order to target and destroy bacteria and infected tissue causing periodontal disease. There is absolutely no damage to healthy tissues, making the process extremely safe.
How Effective Is Laser Gum Surgery?
Laser gum surgery has been proven to be extremely beneficial in helping to treat advanced periodontal disease and relieving patients of the debilitating symptoms associated with the condition. In addition to this, there are also a significant number of other benefits associated with this innovative new approach to treating gum disease. These include:
A minimally-invasive technique where no incisions are made into the gum tissue.
Faster, more accurate treatment thanks to the precision afforded by laser technology.
Fewer risks of complications as minimal risk of human error.
Improved healing time since lasers cause significantly less trauma. This means that you can get back to using your mouth and teeth as normal much more quickly.
Less pain and other recovery symptoms. There is less swelling, less sensitivity, and soreness, making the recovery process much better for the patient.
Promotion of fresh bone regeneration. Studies have found that in around 85% of cases, LANAP laser gum surgery encourages bone to regenerate in the infected area.
Firmer teeth. Laser gum surgery eliminates the deep periodontal pockets that form as a result of advanced gum disease. This, along with fresh bone regeneration, helps the teeth to be more secure once more.
If you have been diagnosed with advanced periodontal disease, your dentist will recommend that you seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to your smile or your health. If you would like more information about laser gum surgery, or if you would like to book a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for this innovative and effective technique, contact Robert Hawke DDS in Tucson, AZ today and let our experienced and skilled team assist you 520-224-1600.