The traditional method of treating severe periodontal disease, osseous surgery, involves the dentist using scalpels to cut diseased gum tissue away and access any contaminated pockets in your bone or gums, which are surgically removed. Sutures are then utilized for restructuring the gums surrounding the teeth without creating pockets. This is usually an effective surgery, but it has a long recovery time, is considerably more invasive, and can cause pain and discomfort during the healing process.
Instead, LANAP uses a highly specialized light frequency to destroy unhealthy gum tissue. The laser also destroys germs in the mouth, which speeds up healing and promotes new tissue growth. Both the removal of unhealthy tissues and the restoration of good tissue cause less damage to the gums and provide a healthier road to healing. For the best dental treatment, visit My Tacoma Dentist - David Wagner DDS.
The Dangers of Periodontal Disease
Periodontitis is a bacterial illness. It causes inflammation in mouth tissues such as gums and bone, causing damage and destruction over time. Periodontitis can cause loose teeth and loss since your teeth rely on gums and bones for support.
Bacteria create gum inflammation around the base of your teeth when plaque and tartar stay on your teeth. Periodontitis develops when inflammation persists. Your gums deteriorate, and more bacteria accumulate in pockets around your teeth, exacerbating the infection. Proper oral hygiene lowers your odds of developing periodontal disease and improves your chances of successful treatment if you do develop it.
How Does LANAP Work?
LANAP has a high success rate in preventing tooth loss, enabling gum regeneration in individuals with gum disease, and enhancing tissue attachment between bone and gum. Patients who have LANAP performed have a lower recurrence risk of periodontal disease than those who have osseous surgery performed. One of the reasons LANAP is so efficient in facilitating bone and gum regrowth is that it eliminates the need for sutures, speeds up the healing process, and produces optimal conditions for healing. The LANAP procedure also heats the blood, which activates proteins known as "growth factors" that encourage tissue and bone cell regeneration. Because of these growth factors and the removal of diseased tissue, your gums can be restored to health, and you can avoid having to undergo further treatments such as tooth extractions or dental implants.
The Benefits of LANAP Gum Surgery
- Less invasive procedure
- Recovery time is substantially shorter when the intensity is lower.
- The use of lasers kills microorganisms while causing less gum inflammation and bleeding.
- Reduced likelihood of gum recession
- They can target the site of the illness without harming or destroying healthy soft tissue.
Visit My Tacoma Dentist - David Wagner DDS, at 1919 N. Pearl St. Suite A-3, Tacoma, WA, 98406, or call (253) 761-5299 to learn more about LANAP and our gum disease treatment options.