When we develop gum disease, this not only leads to uncomfortable symptoms, but over time could increases the risk of tooth loss. In order to remove diseased tissue and return smiles to a healthier state, then your Independence, MO, dentist will use laser technology. In today’s blog, let’s look at how we help improve smile health and beauty with the LANAP system.
The Onset of Periodontal Disease
A number of factors could cause our gums to become inflamed. For example, plaque buildup due to poor oral hygiene, the use of certain medications or the presence of inflammatory illnesses, smoking and tobacco use, and even a family history of poor periodontal health could all be factors. When inflammation, also known as gingivitis, develops, this means the gums feel sore, look red, or bleed easily. When this occurs, you should see us for treatment. Otherwise, the gums could pull away from the teeth and allow deep pockets to form. Bacteria enters these pockets causes the onset of gum disease!
The LANAP System
The LANAP system employs advanced dental lasers to target and remove diseased tissues with precision and accuracy. There is little risk of damage to healthy tissues, and the patient rarely requires any anesthesia. Removing these tissues allows healthy gums to adhere to the teeth, closing periodontal pockets and allowing us to then manage the disease with routine cleanings every three to four months. Afterward, the healing time is quick, there is little to no bleeding, and a very low risk of infection. We also use these treatments to help reshape the gum line, a contouring process that improves overall smile beauty and prevents “gummy smiles” from making teeth look small or uneven. This technology offers preventive, restorative, and even cosmetic solutions.
Improving the Health of Your Smile
Without treatment, the advanced stage of gum disease could develop. Known as periodontitis, this causes the tissue connecting your teeth and gums to deteriorate, causing adult tooth loss. Your oral health then suffers. Treatment allows us to manage gum disease and protect your smile from serious complications. If you begin to exhibit the warning signs we discussed in today’s blog, then please contact our team to schedule an exam and cleaning. We can see if you need a deep cleaning (scaling and root planning), or treatment with dental lasers.
Do You Have Questions About Treating Periodontal Disease?
Our team understands the dangers of periodontal disease, and we’re ready to restore smile health with advanced technology. To learn more about improving the health and beauty of your smile, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.