One of the most powerful tools in the dentist’s office leverages the strength of light rather than the might of metal. Laser light has been adopted for a wide range of use in the dental office, including treating gum disease.
Specifically, the LANAP® laser protocol for gum disease treatment is a powerful tool for bringing mouths back from the brink and saving smiles.
How Does One Develop Gum Disease?
Did you know that your oral health has a huge impact on your overall health? This is why keeping a clean healthy mouth of gums and teeth free of harmful bacteria or plaque buildup is super important.
Gum disease development occurs in stages, including:
- Excessive plaque/bacteria buildup
- Sign/symptoms begin and worsen
- Other organs can become affected
Excessive Growth of Gum Disease?
Excessive growth of these agents can lead to harmful toxin production and release into your bloodstream, causing periodontal, or gum, disease. When these occurs, associated symptoms such as gum swelling, tooth pain, discomfort, and bad breath odor can happen.
When Gum Disease is Left Untreated
If left untreated, gum disease can lead to many systemic health illnesses including diabetes, heart disease, tooth/bone loss, pregnancy complications, pancreatic cancer, and stroke. If you experience any of the following symptoms, a dentist can help guide you in the right direction back to a healthy oral environment.
The Advantages of LANAP Gum Disease Treatment
These are the top four things to know about LANAP laser gum therapy.
One: It’s Efficient
The LANAP protocol is finely tuned to vaporize diseased soft tissue and bacteria. That means there’s much less healthy tissue accidentally removed than would be the case with conventional gum surgery.
Two: It’s Not Painful
The efficiency of dental lasers means there’s less of a chance of discomfort, as only decaying tissue is targeted and healthy tissue is spared. However, there will be no chance of discomfort during your procedure due to one powerful solution: local anesthesia.
After you receive a quick shot of local anesthesia, your mouth will be completely numb, and you won’t feel any discomfort as your procedure is performed.
Three: It Can Regenerate Lost Soft Tissue
In most cases, lost gum tissue can’t be regenerated – which makes periodontitis such a dangerous condition, more so than the reversible gingivitis. However, the efficiency of the LANAP protocol makes it possible to regenerate soft tissue. It’s not guaranteed, but it’s certainly possible that your laser procedure could help you regenerate soft tissue lost to advanced gum disease.
Four: It’s Likely Covered By Your Insurance
Talk to your dental office’s treatment coordinator. Many people put off laser gum surgery for fear of what it might cost. However, laser gum surgery, like many other dental procedures, is commonly covered by dental insurance. Make sure you aren’t delaying treatment due to simply not knowing all of your options.
Selecting a Dental Professional For Laser Gum Surgery
Selecting a dental professional that has the expertise in treating gum disease and promoting the outcomes of a healthy smile is so important. Dr. Alexander Volchonok and our skilled team at AV Periodontics in Manhattan, NY offer the latest, most advanced technology to achieve the goals of a healthy smile and gums in a comfortable and convenient manner. Rest assured that, as a patient of Dr Volchonok, you will receive the customized care you need from a gum disease specialist that will ensure your gums and teeth will be in their most healthiest state yet!
In the New York or Greenwich area? Schedule an Appointment at Dr. Volchonok’s office today for a consultation and be on your way to your best smile ever!