Treating Gum Disease With Laser Dentistry

When people develop gum disease, they need to have the issue regularly monitored and treated, otherwise the risk of adult tooth loss could increase. To help our Independence, MO, patients with periodontal disease enjoy a full and comfortable smile, we may recommend advanced laser technology. What benefits will the LANAP system offer, and when should you seek treatment?

The Onset of Gum Disease

Gum disease forms when the gum tissue become inflamed. Without treatment, inflammation will only grow more severe with time, eventually causing the gum issue to pull away from the teeth and form pockets, which bacteria can enter. At this point, the onset of periodontal disease may begin. The causes of inflammation vary widely, and could include smoking and tobacco use, inflammatory illnesses, certain medications, and a family history of the disease. The most common cause is poor oral hygiene, which can allow plaque buildup to form. A bacterial byproduct, plaque can inflame gum tissue and also increase the risk of bad breath, teeth stains, and tooth decay.

Warning Signs and Dangers

If you attend routine checkups and cleanings, then we will be able to identify the disease in the earliest possible stages. In fact, if we catch the problem in the inflammation stage, we can reverse the issue. Otherwise, you may not know you need treatment until you experience sore or bleeding gums, redness in the gums, or receding tissue. If you begin to experience one or more of these possible symptoms, then please see us right away for a diagnosis. From there, we can recommend treatment to manage the issue and protect your smile from periodontitis, the advanced stage of the disease that often leads to tooth loss!

LANAP Technology and Deep Cleanings  

For minor cases of gingivitis or gum disease, we may recommend a deep cleaning. We remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth and roots, which reduces gum inflammation and helps manage the disease. The treatment can take between one and four visits, depending in the extent of the issue. We may also suggest treatment using LANAP technology. Dental lasers enable our team to carefully remove infected gum tissue and reshape the gum line, transforming the appearance and health of your smile. The use of lasers means a lowered risk of bleeding and infection, as well as no need for anesthesia and a faster healing time! If you have any questions, then contact our team today.

Do Your Gums Bleed?

Don’t ignore bleeding or sore gums, talk to our team about possible treatment options. For more information on our periodontal care then 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 Independence, Lee’s Summit, and all surrounding communities.