Patients in the Mesa area are discovering a new choice in gum disease treatment
It is estimated that half of adults in America have some level of gum disease, and children get it, too. Gum disease is a silent enemy, but quite dangerous. In the early stages, there may be no symptoms, or they are easily ignored. Over time, though, gum disease leads to tooth and bone loss, and is linked to a number of serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. Have you been avoiding treatment because you believe it is invasive and uncomfortable? Dr. Fritz and his team at New Health Dental are pleased to bring an advanced gum disease treatment option to patients in the Mesa area.
New Health Dental takes a whole body wellness approach to dental care, including gum health. Traditional gum disease treatment involves mechanically cleaning tooth roots and pockets of gum tissue with a process called scaling and root planing, accompanied by oral antibiotics. That procedure is reasonably effective in getting gum disease under control, but it takes times, is rather invasive, and requires a substantial healing period. Oral antibiotics attack the infection, but have side effects.
Dr. Fritz uses a modern LANAP protocol. The acronym is short for “laser assisted new attachment procedure.” He uses a dental laser to remove infected tissue from gums and supporting ligaments selectively and precisely, without harm to surrounding tissues. There is little discomfort or bleeding, and LANAP therapy promotes faster healing. This method of sterilizing pockets hastens cellular regeneration. That means the seal of gums to teeth is restored quickly. It also stimulates a new smooth coating of cementum on tooth roots, and boosts natural production of collagen in periodontal ligaments that support teeth.
However, periodontal therapy isn’t “once and done.” Your mouth contains about 600 strains of bacteria, so maintaining a healthy balance is critical to continued management of gum disease. The hygiene team at New Health Dental provides training on proper brushing and flossing techniques, and professionally cleans your teeth at scheduled visits. Dr. Fritz will also talk with you about lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, medical conditions, and nutrition that might be affecting your gum health.
Do your gums look puffy or discolored? Do you have unpleasant breath or a funny taste in your mouth? Do your gums bleed when you brush? Call New Health Dental today at (480) 830-3305 to talk with Dr. Fritz about this revolutionary option in gum care.