Greetings San Antonio! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Advanced Dental Associates. In today’s post, we want to discuss a pretty scary subject: gum disease. Gum disease affects a huge percentage of our country’s adult population, yet people do not seem overly concerned with it. We’d like to see that change.
In the short-term, gum disease can cause you to suffer from bad breath and put you at risk for losing teeth. But gum disease has also been linked to serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. New research from universities around the world has shown a link between gum disease and heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and other illness.
The connection between gum disease and other illnesses makes sense if you consider your mouth as a window into your body. Generally, if your mouth is not healthy then your body is not healthy as well. Nearly half of all Americans will suffer from gum disease at some point in their lives. Despite this extremely bleak picture, the good news is that gum disease is completely treatable.
At Advanced Dental Associates we are leading the way in gum disease treatment. Our office now offers the advanced LANAP® treatment for the advanced stages of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. In the past, treating gum disease required scalpels and surgery, hardly a pleasant option to consider. LANAP® uses laser technology to provide you with a more convenient option.
Traditional gum disease surgery also require a lengthy treatment to remove all traces of infected tissue from your gums. This surgery was extremely unpopular with patients because it left them with a sore mouth; the soreness for gum disease surgery often lasted for several days. Traditional gum disease surgery also required stitches to close the wounds in your tissue, and the addition of new gum tissue to your mouth.
The state-of-the-art LANAP® approach is far more patient-friendly approach to treating advanced periodontal disease. With LANAP®, we don’t need to use a scalpel, stitches, or any other painful instruments. Instead we the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser, which has been approved by the FDA to treat advanced gum disease. This laser is specially designed to remove damaged tissue for your gums, while not harming healthy gums or bone matter.
LANAP® prevents the need for traditional surgery to remove damaged tissue from your gums. One of the major drawbacks of traditional gum graft surgery was that you would end up losing an extremely significant portion of your healthy tissue in the process of the damaged tissue being removed. Instead, LANAP® can effectively stimulate and improve the health of tissue which would have had to have been removed otherwise.
In addition to preventing the loss of your healthy tissue, LANAP® may also prevents you from losing teeth which have extensive damage from advanced periodontal disease. Previously, those teeth likely would have been removed. However, LANAP® actually stimulates your gums and then regenerates bone growth surrounding your damaged teeth.
LANAP® is a comfortable treatment, designed to cause you minimal discomfort and pain during the procedure. The advanced technology prevents damage to your health tissue, allowing you to heal faster. Swelling is minimal with the LANAP® treatment because the laser targets the bacteria which causes inflammation during the treatment.
LANAP® treatment from Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, is the right choice if you’re suffering from advanced periodontal disease. Time is of the essence when it comes to gum disease; the faster you begin treatment, the less likely you are to lose teeth from gum disease. Let us help you save your teeth!
Make An Appointment
If you are suffering from advanced gum disease, schedule a consultation with Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX. We will evaluate the health of your gums, and help you determine your best option for treatment. You can schedule an appointment by calling us at 210-819-5233.