Studies show that nearly three in every four Americans suffer from debilitating gum disease. It’s called periodontal disease, and it begins with bacteria growing around the teeth. This causes infection, triggering the body’s inflammatory response. This soon leads to the destruction of the gum and bone around the teeth. If gum disease is left untreated, it can cause loose teeth, exposed roots, bad breath, bleeding, swelling, pain…and eventually the loss of your teeth. In fact, gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.
While most people associate gum disease with oral health, recent studies have proven that it affects your entire body. The infected gums provide a path for bacteria to enter the bloodstream, carrying infection throughout the entire body. This increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Gum disease is now believed to be a significant linking factor to heart disease. It is considered to have the same degree of impact on your heart as high cholesterol, obesity, and smoking.
Gum disease has been proven to be directly associated with some of the following health issues:
- Lung disease
- Weakened immune system
- Gastric ulcers
- Premature childbirth
When your gums are infected, your entire body is weakened, making you vulnerable to other diseases.
The treatment options for gum disease were not appealing in the past, consisting of root planning and scaling the teeth. Dentists used to perform a painful surgery, where the gums were cut and scraped away from the teeth. Thankfully, there has been a surge of advancements in dental technology and tools. Dr. Yagnik uses the latest advance in laser technology, the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), to treat your gum disease. Since completing her studies and coursework through the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, she has offered this safe, innovative treatment to her patients.
Unlike older methods, laser therapy doesn’t cause swelling or excessive pain. You will not suffer from sensitivity or receding gums, and your recovery is much more comfortable and rapid. Lasers allow a concentration on the diseased tissue while preserving the healthier tissue to aid in the healing process. The FDA-approved LANAP method has been shown to actually stimulate the regrowth and reattachment of tissue to the teeth. This has never been achievable before, demonstrating the incredible benefits of laser technology.
If you are ready to fight your gum disease, schedule a complimentary consultation today by calling (832) 674-8043. Treat your infected tissue, while still preserving your beautiful smile.