Periodontal disease affects three out of every four American adults, causing damage to the structures that hold the teeth in place. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and is linked to systemic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Modern treatment options for advanced gum disease include laser gum treatment, called LANAP, which offers a more comfortable and effective solution for gum disease and gum recession. At Aura Dental, Dr. Yagnik is pleased to offer LANAP treatment near Houston.
The Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease is a progressive condition that occurs in three stages. Catching gum disease in its earliest stages is the best way to prevent extensive damage to the gums and teeth. Regular visits with Dr. Yagnik will monitor the health of your teeth and gums to spot signs of gum disease before it progresses.
- The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. During this stage, the gums may appear red, swollen, and become tender to the touch. You may also experience bleeding from the gums while flossing.
- The second stage of gum disease is periodontitis. During periodontitis, the gums begin to recede from the teeth, creating pockets where bacteria can enter and multiply. Your teeth may appear longer as you notice these pockets forming.
- The third stage of gum disease is advanced periodontitis, during which the tissues that hold the teeth in the jaw are destroyed. Your gums will continue to recede and your teeth may shift, feel loose, or fall out without gum treatment.
What Happens During LANAP Laser Gum Treatment
The LANAP procedure is performed right in Dr. Yagnik’s office for comfort and convenience. Only a local anesthetic is needed because the procedure is gentler on the gums and teeth than other gum treatment options. However, if you wish to receive an additional sedative for comfort, talk to Dr. Yagnik about options such as medications or NuCalm. Typically, one half of your mouth is treated at a time; this procedure takes approximately two hours. During laser gum treatment, a thin laser fiber is inserted into the space between the tooth and the gums. Pulsed laser light eliminates diseased tissue and destroys harmful bacteria to clear away gum infection. Any bacterial buildup on the roots of your teeth is removed using scaling instruments as well. Finally, the laser is used to promote clotting and proper healing of the treated tissues. Many patients feel well enough to return to work or normal daily activities after LANAP treatment.
You can learn more about the revolutionary FDA-approved LANAP procedure by calling Aura Dental today at (832) 674-8043 to schedule a free consultation.