Revealed: The Non-Invasive Treatment for Gum Disease
Hearing you have or are at risk for gum disease is understandably a stressful prognosis. This diagnosis may leave you worried about the future of your teeth and overall dental health. You’ll wonder what gum disease treatments are available and if they require surgery. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available, including the quick, non-invasive Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP).
Continue reading to find out more about gum disease and the non-invasive way to treat it:
What Is Gum Disease?
There are two forms of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis. Gum disease causes inflammation of the gums, bones and tissue that support the teeth.
Gingivitis (gum inflammation) is the first and milder stage of gum disease. The leading cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. When plaque builds up in your teeth and begins to mix with sugar and foods, it forms an acid that attacks your teeth and gums.
Periodontitis is the later stage of gum disease in which your bones and teeth become damaged. In the early stage of periodontitis, your gums will start to recede, and small pockets will form, allowing harmful bacteria to build up inside. This can result in bleeding and bone loss. Once in the advanced stage, the tissues that hold your teeth will start to weaken. The result is loss of teeth. That is why it’s always important to see your dentist as soon as you notice the first signs of gum disease.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Gum disease is best treated if caught early. Look out for the following signs of gum disease:
· Inflamed gums
· Bad Breath
· Loose teeth
· Receding gums
What Is the Traditional Treatment for Gum Disease?
If caught early, proper oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, can reverse gingivitis. The dentist can also prescribe an antibacterial mouth wash or medication. If the gum disease has progressed to periodontitis, it gets more challenging to treat.
Dentists traditionally treat advanced gum disease with surgery, which allows the dentist to clean badly infected gum pockets. They also use scaling or root planning, a deep cleaning procedure that involves removing plaque and tartar from the teeth. Lastly, they may perform gum grafting, which removes healthy gum tissue from another part of the mouth and replaces damaged gum tissue.
What Is LANAP and How Does the Procedure Work?
Traditional treatment for gum disease is painful, but luckily LANAP is a non-invasive treatment that is significantly less painful with a faster recovery time. Your dentist or periodontist will target and remove the diseased gum tissue using a LANAP laser. Then they’ll use an ultrasonic scaler to remove tartar and any disease-causing buildup in the teeth. The LANAP laser is also used to attach the gum tissue back to the root.
The procedure takes about an hour, depending on the severity of the gum disease. There is little to no downtime. Most patients recover within a day.
Finding a LANAP Trained Dentist
The conventional method of gum disease treatment can be off-putting and can result in failure to seek treatment for the disease. Our experts at Dentistry at Consilium value patient comfort and can help you if you’ve been diagnosed with or suspect you have gum disease. Our team consists of highly trained professionals who effectively treat gum disease using the LANAP procedure.
If you have moderate to severe gum disease, give us a call today at 416-296-1080 or fill out our online form to find out more about the LANAP treatment and if you’re the right candidate.