One of the most exciting aspects of dentistry is that it’s continually evolving. Advances in technology allow us to treat conditions in less invasive and more effective ways. Lasers have been a revolutionary addition to both the dental field, improving the process of treating diseases as well as patient recovery. LANAP, which is a laser assisted method of treating gum disease, is quickly becoming a go-to solution for patients in Mesa.
Gum disease affects millions of Americans; many are unaware that they even have it. It can be classified into two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the milder form of gum disease; it has less traumatic symptoms and can often be resolved relatively easily. Periodontitis is much more advanced and can cause extensive damage if not treated quickly.
Some of the most common signs of gum disease are:
LANAP is suitable for treating all stages of gum disease. In just a few visits, we can effectively treat the gums without having to use scalpel or stitches. During the procedure, laser light is used to target the pockets around the gum line and remove bacteria and diseased tissue. The laser stimulates the bone, encouraging regeneration of tissue and reconnection to the tooth structure. Unlike conventional surgery for gum disease, healing after LANAP poses less risk of infection and patients are able to resume normal activities within a day.
The best way to address gum disease is with proper prevention. By eating a healthy diet and practicing proper oral hygiene, you can drastically reduce your risk of developing the condition. However, if you do exhibit some of the symptoms of gum disease- don’t wait. Call New Health Dental in Mesa as soon as possible to schedule an evaluation.