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Do You Need Laser Gum Treatment?

We spend so much time focusing on brushing our teeth that we often overlook the health of our gums. The truth is, your gum tissue sets the pace for the rest of your oral health. If bacteria and disease take control of your gums, the rest of your mouth is doomed without proper treatment. 

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious health condition that shouldn’t be ignored. Fortunately, modern technology makes it easier than ever to stop gum disease in its tracks without gum surgery. 

That’s right– you can reverse signs and symptoms of gum disease without painful, invasive treatment. Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is an innovative laser treatment designed for patients battling periodontal disease.

Here is everything you should know about the procedure that can save your smile. 

What is Gum Disease?

Bacteria are always teeming inside of your mouth, even if you can’t see or feel them. This microbiome controls the overall health of your oral tissues. When “bad” bacteria have the chance to overtake the “good” bacteria, gum disease develops. 

There are many different reasons that the dangerous bacteria in your mouth might gain too much power: smoking, poor brushing, and a high-sugar diet are just a few common causes. Eventually, bacteria, sugars, and acids blend to create plaque and tartar that brushing alone can’t remove. 

The effects of plaque and tartar begin subtly. You may not even notice the tiny amount of blood after you brush or the sensitivity when you chew. However, these side effects quickly develop into the two stages of gum disease known as gingivitis and periodontitis

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. It’s your mouth’s warning sign that you must make changes to protect your teeth and gums from serious damage in the future. Even though gingivitis doesn’t cause intense discomfort, it does trigger symptoms like red and swollen gums that bleed frequently.

Gingivitis is the first state of gum disease, so it’s very common. The CDC estimates that nearly 50% of all American adults have some form of gum disease.

If you fail to improve your brushing, flossing, and dental care habits to reverse gingivitis, it will develop into the more aggressive phase of gum disease known as periodontitis. 

Periodontitis

Periodontitis can’t be easily treated and reversed like gingivitis. The plaque that accumulates during the gingivitis stage begins to grow below the gum line. Plaque hides away in dark nooks and crannies, where it produces toxins that stimulate inflammation through the body.

This chronic inflammatory response tells your body to attack itself and break down the tissues and bones that support the structure of your mouth. 

As a result, untreated periodontitis causes the gums to separate from the teeth and form pockets that quickly become dangerously infected. Gum tissue and bone breakdown further as the teeth surrender to rapid decay. Over time, your teeth become loose and fall out. 

Signs You Have Gum Disease

Admitting that you have gum disease isn’t easy, but it’s much better than the consequences of ignoring gum disease for years to come.

Pay close attention to the following symptoms so that you can seek treatment for gum disease immediately:

  • Bad breath that doesn’t fade even after brushing or drinking water
  • Red, tender, bleeding gums
  • Pain when chewing food
  • Loose or wiggling teeth 
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gums and the appearance of longer teeth
  • Unexpected tooth loss
  • Multiple cavities and infections

If you believe you have any symptoms of gum disease, even if they’re mild, it’s time to visit your dentist.

Remember, the dangers of gum disease don’t stop in your mouth. This condition has serious implications on the rest of your body as well. Gum disease is directly linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, preterm birth, and other serious conditions. 

How Can You Treat Gum Disease With Laser Therapy?

LANAP is FDA-cleared to offer a less painful and more successful alternative to the conventional surgery used to treat periodontal disease. It sterilizes infected gum tissues, destroys bacteria, and helps healthy gums reattach to the teeth in a short period of time. 

LANAP is actually the only scientific, research-proven methodology to achieve true periodontal regeneration. Since it can target inflammation without harming healthy gum tissue, this treatment can be used to slow or even stop the oral damage caused by periodontal disease. 

LANAP Is A Natural Alternative to Gum Surgery

Invasive surgery has long been viewed as a necessity to treat serious conditions like gum disease, but LANAP is changing the game. LANAP reduces the risk of gum disease with significantly less pain, bleeding, sensitivity, gum loss, swelling, downtime, and post-op infections when compared to surgery. Of course, LANAP isn’t only valuable for ease of use; it also attacks gum disease at its source and regenerates and heals your gum tissue. 

Not every dentist offers laser gum surgery, so be sure to find a specialist in your area. Dr. Steven Pakiz and his team specialize in high-tech, cutting-edge dental treatments like LANAP to help patients throughout Long Beach, CA embrace their healthiest smiles.

Request an appointment with Dr. Pakiz now to learn more about laser gum disease treatment and its ability to save and protect your smile.