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An Alternative Treatment for Gum Disease
A typical gum disease treatment involves surgery, during which the gum is cut away or teeth are removed. This type of treatment can be painful for the patient, resulting in the need for bridges, dental implants, and a change in the gum line. However, now there is a new treatment that eliminates the need for such drastic measures. LANAP® is a laser technology treatment that enables a periodontist to simply remove diseased tissue and bacteria that has built up around the tooth. This gives the healthy tissue the opportunity to replace the diseased tissue and reattach itself to the tooth, strengthening the tooth and making it healthy again.
Saving Teeth and Health
In the past, the periodontist was a feared professional and visiting one was usually associated with pain and discomfort. That fear still pervades today and is one of the prime reasons why people hesitate to visit their periodontist – especially if they suffer from gum disease. What most people do not realize is that gum disease, if left untreated, will not just result in tooth loss and decay. It can also contribute to a multitude of other health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and even pancreatic cancer. The LANAP® procedure, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is the only FDA approved laser treatment for gum disease. It has a proven record of saving patients’ teeth, which has an indirect effect on their overall health.
Relatively Pain Free
Because this gum disease treatment does not affect the jawbone, the tooth, or healthy gum tissue, patients are able to resume their normal activity after a short rest. You may be even able to return to work later that day, depending on when you have the procedure done and the severity of the case. Patients who undergo LANAP® report that they have very little pain and there is only usually a small amount of bleeding. Unlike regular dental surgery, patients heal quickly and rarely need any kind of prescription after the procedure is done.
Use a Certified Professional
To avoid complications, you should verify that the periodontist is a certified professional in the use of this treatment. In addition, you should also check to see that they use the PerioLase® MVP-7™, which is specifically designed to find diseased tissue and bacteria. This laser has a proven track record of 90% disease removal on the first visit.
Talk to Drs. Silverstein and Parker about LANAP® today to see how you can eliminate gum disease and strengthen your teeth and gums.
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