Gum Disease & LANAP Treatment
At some point in your life, you’ve probably brushed your teeth and spit out pink toothpaste foam. That happens when brushing makes your gums bleed. If this occurs, it means that your gums are inflamed because of infections lurking in hidden areas. If your gums appear red or puffy, if you have bad breath or sensitivity around tooth roots, these are also signs of inflammation.
This infection and inflammation is called gingivitis. A regular schedule of brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist will help prevent gingivitis. It’s also helpful to avoid sugary foods and smoking. The healthier and less stressful your lifestyle is, the better your oral health will be.
When Gingivitis Becomes Periodontitis
When gingivitis is allowed to persist, it progresses to a more serious condition called periodontitis. In periodontitis, the inflammation is more severe and has a more damaging effect on the gums. Pockets begin to form around the teeth as the gums pull away. Bacteria thrive in those hidden spaces. Since the bacterial deposits can’t be reached through normal cleaning methods, they have a chance to attack the bones around the teeth. Bone mass is gradually lost, which will ultimately result in teeth that are loose and could be lost. Your gums visibly begin to recede so that when you look in the mirror, your teeth look longer. It’s very easy for abscesses to form in these pockets, as well.
Traditional Periodontal Disease Treatments
Periodontitis is a very widespread problem. Until recently, the usual treatment for periodontitis involved antibiotics, deep cleanings and even gum surgery, which can be quite painful. In fact, despite the fact that these procedures can be necessary to prevent the loss of one’s teeth, they are often so painful that patients avoid them—causing the gum disease to progress even further.
However, at Smile Savers Dentistry, Dr. Daniel Stewart has found a much better way to help his patients with gum disease. Called “LANAP,” this laser treatment utilizes cutting-edge technology to treat gum disease without the painful effects of previous methodologies.
About LANAP Gum Disease Treatment
Smile Savers Dentistry is one of the few practices in the Columbia, Maryland area that offers LANAP (short for “Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure”). By passing the laser over the inner surface of the gum pockets, diseased tissue is destroyed so it can be replaced by new, healthy tissue. This new tissue will securely reattach itself to the surface of the tooth, eliminating the empty pocket entirely.
There’s very little trauma to the gums, so healing is much faster than with gum surgery. If you have been told that you suffer from periodontitis, call us to find out if you are a candidate for LANAP treatment. This is a totally different experience than any previous periodontal treatments you’ve had.