In a few days, the latest movie in the Star Wars franchise will be opening in movie theaters across the country. Nevertheless, we think you can find some pretty exciting technology at our dentist office in San Antonio, TX, too.
Dental lasers may not be as adventurous as the “blasters” that you see on the big screen. The key difference, however, is that dental lasers are real, and they can help stop enemies of your oral health.
We offer the LANAP® gum disease treatment at Advanced Dental Associates for a few reasons. The main thing to know for now is that LANAP can remove the infection from your gum tissue so you can have a healthy mouth again.
Why Do We Use Lasers To Defeat Gum Disease?
According to some experts, up to 85 percent of American adults have some form of periodontal disease. Millions of people are not aware they have this condition, and as a result, they do not seek treatment when they should.
At one time, surgery was the standard treatment for severe gum disease. And it’s exactly what it sounds like.
A dentist or oral surgeon would cut into the patient’s gums to remove the infected tissue. To be sure all the infection was removed, this often meant removing some healthy tissue as well.
Cutting into a patient’s’ gums caused bleeding. In many cases, stitches were needed to sew the tissue closed. That also meant another office visit later to have stitches removed.
Dental lasers give our dentists a better way to help our patients in and around San Antonio. We hope that you will schedule a visit with our dentists as soon as possible if you suspect that you may have gum disease.
Here are some reasons we use LANAP, which is laser-assisted new attachment procedure):
Dental lasers preserve more of your healthy gum tissue.
Scalpels are effective at cutting things. They are and have proven to be effective tools for a lot of procedures. However, lasers are a more precise tool.
By using a laser, our dentists can evaporate the infected tissue in your mouth. This also keeps more of your healthy tissue intact, which is better for your long-term oral health.
Again, the scalpel and the laser are two ways of removing an infection from your mouth. More than likely, a scalpel will end up in you losing some healthy gum tissue as well.
LANAP allows you to heal faster.
When you are cut, you need time to heal. That’s true whether you cut yourself accidentally or if you undergo surgery to treat a particular health issue.
When someone goes through gum surgery, it can take two weeks to a month to recover. That may not sound like a long time, but it’s still an inconvenience for both your personal and professional life.
With LANAP, many patients are able to return to their normal daily activities within a few days. Since no tissue is cut during LANAP, you are able to heal more quickly after your treatment.
LANAP does not require stitches.
This ties in with everything mentioned above. If your tissue is cut, the dentist or oral surgeon needs a way to close it again. With surgery, you would do that with stitches.
During the LANAP treatment, the laser does two things. First, it effectively evaporates the infected gum tissue. Second, it seals the healthy tissue at the same time.
This reduces bleeding during the procedure, and in most cases, you don’t need to tie your tissue back together.
Now, our team at Advanced Dental Associates will want you to come in for follow-up visits to make sure there are no complications. However, you probably won’t have to make a special trip just to have your stitches removed thanks to our dental lasers.
The Symptoms Of Gum Disease
As we noted above, many people are unaware that they have gum disease. As a result, they don’t seek treatment in the early stages, which allows that periodontal disease to become more severe.
With that in mind, here are the signs to watch for. Please call us if you notice any of the following:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, red gums
- Painful or sore gums
- Lingering bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Pimple-like bumps on your gums
- Receding gums
- Teeth that feel loose in their socket.