Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a widespread issue in the United States. According to certain health reports, as much as 80 percent of American adults suffer from gum disease. The statistics are not different in Frisco, Texas. But, what is gum disease? What is the best treatment option?
Gum Disease and Periodontal Disease
Gum disease is the chronic inflammation of the gums caused by dental plaque buildup under a person’s gum line. It can spread and involve the bone that surrounds and provides support for teeth. The disease progresses in three stages – gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is the least severe and advanced periodontitis is the most advanced. Here is a brief discussion of each of these stages:
This is the mildest form of gum disease. It presents with redness and/or swelling of the gums, and some bleeding during flossing or brushing. In most cases, this stage is associated with very little or no discomfort. Gingivitis often results from poor oral and dental hygiene. Smokers, diabetics, the elderly, genetically predisposed, the immuno-suppressed are at greater risk of developing gingivitis. Simple oral and dental hygiene can reverse gingivitis.
If left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, which is a moderately severe form of gum disease. In this case, the plaque has spread below the gum line. The bacteria may produce toxins that can irritate the gums and stimulate a chronic form of inflammation. The body turns on itself and its tissues, and even bone that supports the teeth is broken down and damaged. The gums then begin to separate from the teeth, forming spaces between the gums and the teeth.
Eventually, the teeth may become extremely loose to warrant removal. Several forms of periodontitis are recognized including: aggressive periodontitis, chronic periodontitis, associated periodontitis and necrotizing periodontal disease. Patients suspecting they suffer from this stage of gingivitis should consult a periodontist.
3. Advanced or Severe Periodontitis
Untreated periodontitis advances to severe periodontitis. This condition is characterized by severe gum infection and the gums may produce pus. The gingival pockets are generally above 7 millimeters in depth. Patients with severe periodontitis will struggle a lot with chewing, noxious taste in the mouth, and foul offensive breath.
The gums will have regressed so greatly that they force the teeth to shift positions to fill the gaps or voids created. The teeth are extremely loose and can fall out at any time. Furthermore, the infection has spread so much that it involves even deeper tissues. The systemic spread of the infection may cause, worsen or complicate diabetes, heart disease and even some forms cancer.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
A mild form of periodontitis usually goes unnoticed especially if oral and dental hygiene is maintained properly. In many cases, the infection is painless but the following signs and symptoms may be present:
• Gums that are prone to bleeding during or after flossing and brushing
• Red, swollen and tender or painful gums
• Receding gums that appear to separate and move away from the tooth
• Stubborn foul breath and bad taste in the mouth
• Loose and misaligned teeth
• A change in the fit of partial dentures, for people who use them
• Dull or sharp pain when chewing or biting
• Teeth that are extremely sensitive to hot or cold temperatures
Preventing Periodontal Disease
Prevention is better than cure. Preventing periodontal disease from developing in the first place is a good way to keep your mouth healthy. Since the starting point or risk factor for periodontal disease is poor oral and dental hygiene, the best preventive measures involve improving oral hygiene. This may require a patient to adopt better routine habits.
The first preventive measure is to brush your teeth regularly. Brushing your teeth after every meal removes food debris as well as the plaque that is trapped between the teeth. Use fluoridated toothpaste, if possible. Flossing should also be done as frequently as possible as it also helps to get rid of the stubborn debris between teeth, especially those areas where a toothbrush cannot reach. Using a mouthwash formulated with an antibiotic is an effective way to discourage bacterial growth in the calcified plaque.
A very important step in preventing gum disease is to recognize the risk factors. Certain diseases such as those that reduce a person’s immunity may create a good opportunity for bacteria to multiply and wreak havoc. Treating the underlying disease will generally improve periodontitis. To stay safe, you need to visit a dentist’s office regularly. This way, the dentist will recognize the disease as it develops and give recommendations.
The LANAP Laser Periodontal Treatment
For the above reasons, it is important for any affected person to seek the advice of a dentist. For those living near Frisco, Texas and have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, a new advanced form of treatment is available. The treatment option is referred to as LANAP, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure.
LANAP, a form of laser gum surgery, is an innovative way of treating advanced gum disease that works with your body to self-heal. This laser gum procedure is very minimally invasive as it does not require any cutting or stitches. It involves removing the offending bacteria with a specially calibrated, soft-tissue laser and then allowing the healthy gum tissues to heal and reattach to the teeth.
At our office near Frisco TX, our specially trained periodontal surgeon performs LANAP. LANAP avoids the need for a scalpel and offers a more comfortable and less invasive way of protecting your smile and teeth from periodontal disease. Call us today to schedule a consultation for this laser gum procedure.
How Does the LANAP Procedure Work?
As mentioned earlier, LANAP depends on your body’s ability to heal itself, a process referred to as Laser Assisted Regeneration or LAR. It is the only scientifically, research proven mechanism that results in realistic periodontal regeneration, gum tissue reattachment and new bone growth. LAR and LANAP are achieved with the PerioLase MVP-7.
PerioLase MVP-7 is a free-running, adjustable pulsed Nd:YAG laser. It features seven variable pulse durations, which are essentially seven different lasers in a single device. This is because each variant has discrete as well as discriminating tissue interactions. For this reason, LANAP is one of the most successful procedures in the sense that it can target the source of inflammation without necessarily harming or removing any healthy gum tissue.
LANAP does not stop or slow attachment loss or decrease pocket depth. This way, it allows the body to heal from the chronic infection and inflammation without the use of a scalpel or sutures. The procedure requires certain skills that only qualified laser gum surgeons possess. Call us today at (214) 592-0692 to discuss how LANAP can help you.
How is LANAP Used In Treatment of Gum Disease?
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure is used when gum disease has progressed from gingivitis to moderate and advanced periodontitis. A LANAP professional will insert a laser tool fitted with a tiny probe into the patient’s gingival pocket and move it around the teeth. The probe is designed to emit an highly effective wavelength of concentrated light to eradicate diseased tissue while at the same time cleaning the area.
LANAP will also create a protective blood clot that will bar new pathogens from invading the gingival pockets. In advanced gingivitis, LANAP will kill all of the bacteria and eliminate inflammation while stimulating the regrowth of bone, soft tissue, and connective tissue, and help the area to heal. An antibiotic used along with the laser will ensure complete and faster eradication of the offending bacteria.
In summary, LANAP is designed to do the following:
• Get rid of infectious bacteria as well as other pathogenic microorganisms from gum pockets around teeth
• Remove any diseased gum tissues without hurting the healthy soft tissues in the gum
• Incredibly fast healing time compared to the conventional gum treatments
• Accelerates the reattachment of the healthy gum tissue to the affected teeth
• Prevents further bone loss and gum tissue detachment
• Help prevent periodontal disease associated tooth loss
The Benefits of LANAP Laser Surgery Compared To Traditional Periodontal Surgery
Traditionally, moderate and advanced periodontal disease treatment comprised of an invasive surgical operation performed at a periodontist’s office. The surgery is a reshaping procedure designed to correct and regenerate the right form and functionality to the structures that support the teeth including periodontal ligament and gum, as well as bone. Conventional periodontal surgery is extremely invasive and associated with all of the effects and complications of a major surgical operation.
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure offers a much better alternative to traditional periodontal surgery. LANAP is usually promoted as: No Cut, No Sew, and No Fear. This means the procedure does not involve any scalpel to cut tissue and therefore no need for sewing or suturing. In other words, the procedure is less invasive and therefore no need for fear since many people dread the mention of the word surgery.
What Happens During the LANAP Procedure?
If a patient has been diagnosed with periodontal disease and referred to a periodontist, then LANAP is an excellent procedure with great results and a recovery in record time. Just like conventional treatment, the professional will clean the areas under your gum lines to remove the calcified deposits (or plaque as it is commonly called). Then, the gum surgeon uses the LANAP laser in a systematic way around each of the infected teeth in order to disinfect or sterilize the area and get rid of any remaining bacteria.
Laser gum surgery is a quick procedure. However, some patients are usually anxious when they think about any medical procedure because of uncertainty. For patients who require something to calm their nerves, we offer sedation options. The procedure does not require recovery time and patients can return to their normal routine following the procedure. To prevent further infection, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics.
The Advantages of LANAP Laser Surgery
There are many reasons for choosing laser gum surgery. Here are the main advantages of choosing LANAP instead of conventional periodontal surgery:
• The procedure is minimally invasive and therefore no need for cutting or sewing (suturing)
• Laser gum surgery is associated with minimal discomfort during as well as after the procedure
• The treatment is very fast and requires very few visits to the dentist’s office
• Recovery time is relatively fast compared to traditional periodontal surgery
• The procedure has longer-lasting results for better long-term periodontal health
Laser Gum Surgery Cost
Most people are concerned about the cost of LANAP. North Texas Dental Surgery offers some of the most competitive prices for their services. However, the cost can vary from one case to another. The cost of LANAP will depend on a few factors such as: severity of the periodontal disease and the number of areas that need to be treated. Please call our office at (214) 592-0692 to schedule a consultation so we can give you an accurate price for LANAP.
LANAP Frisco, TX
If you are located in Frisco, TX, and you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, then call and talk to us about LANAP laser surgery. The procedure is quick, comfortable and effective with predictable results. With LANAP, patients have comfort in knowing they have improved their oral health and smile.