Developing gum disease means serious impacts on your smile’s health and appearance. In order to avoid tooth loss and other complications, we suggest addressing the problem as soon as possible. In today’s blog, we’re talking about how laser dentistry helps manage the disease. Find out how we help smiles in Independence, MO, with the LANAP procedure.
The Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease typically develops once the gums become inflamed. Inflammation may be the result of smoking, prolonged illness, certain medications, a family history of gum issues, or simply poor oral hygiene, which enables plaque to buildup and inflame the gum tissue. Without treatment, the gums pull away from the teeth and form deep periodontal pockets. Bacteria infiltrate these pockets and the disease forms. While the disease cannot be cured, treatment helps manage the problem and prevent periodontitis, the advanced stage responsible for adult tooth loss. Even those with advanced periodontal trouble could benefit from LANAP.
The Long-Term Impacts of Periodontitis
Periodontitis actually attacks the tissue connecting your teeth and gums. Without treatment, the disease then causes teeth to become loose and eventually, fall out. Adult tooth loss leads to problems eating and speaking clearly, and aged appearance, and poor overall health. However, if you have a serious case of gum disease, we may be able to address the issue with a dental laser. Don’t ignore any changes to your gum tissue. In addition to the soreness, redness, and bleeding we discussed above, receding gums and selling could also mean inflammation or periodontal disease.
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) employs dental lasers to target and remove the infected gum tissue. Doing so enables the healthy gum tissue to adhere to the teeth, closing pockets. We can then manage the disease with regular cleanings and medication. Using a laser means little to no need for anesthesia, a reduced risk of bleeding or infection, and greater precision and accuracy when removing infected gum tissue. Patients enjoy a faster healing period and minimal discomfort. There is also rarely any damage to surrounding healthy tissue. We’re proud to offer the treatment as an alternative to traditional oral surgery and scalpel use. If you have any questions about the warning signs of gum disease, or if you think you may need treatment to manage the disease and prevent tooth loss, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Sore or Bleeding Gums?
Our team understands the risks posed by untreated gum disease and want to help. For more information on our periodontal treatment options, 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, Blue Springs, and all surrounding communities.