According to some reports, over 75 percent of American adults will have experienced some form of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). The ones that do not seek treatment when they should are likely to end up looking for teeth replacement options since this infection is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. Keep reading to hear how we can defeat gum disease with laser dentistry in our San Antonio office, and then give us a call at 210-819-5233 to make it happen for you.
What Are The Symptoms Of Gum Disease?
Many patients are unaware that they have gum disease, especially if it has been a while since their last dental checkup. As a result, they don’t seek treatment in the early stages, which allows that advanced periodontal disease to become even more severe.
Just so you’ll know, here are the telltale signs to be on the lookout for. Please call our team right away if you notice any of the following: bloody or swollen gums; lingering bad breath or bad taste in your mouth; pimple-like bumps on your gums; receding gums; adult teeth that feel like they are loose.
Times Have Changed
It used to be that invasive oral surgery was the standard treatment for severe gum disease. And that is really about as fun as it sounds. Still it was necessary to get a patient with gum disease back on track.
Here’s how it would unfold. A dentist or oral surgeon would cut into the patient’s gums to remove the infected tissue. In order to ensure that all the infection was removed, this often meant removing some healthy tissue, just in case.
As you can imagine, sawing (even when done in a gentle manner) into a patient’s’ gums caused bleeding. Many times, stitches were needed to sew the tissue closed.
That also meant another immediate office visit afterward to have stitches removed.
In the modern era of dentistry, however, we have seen how dental lasers give dentists a better way to help our patients work through this issue in a more pleasant fashion.
Preserve Healthy Gum Tissue
Scalpels are good at one main thing, which is slicing things. These are effective tools for plenty of procedures. But we have to admit that lasers are a more precise tool.
With lasers, 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 well-being.
The scalpel and the laser are two possible ways of removing an infection from your mouth. But keep in mind, a scalpel will end up in you losing some healthy gum tissue as well.
You’ll Heal Quickly
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.
Because LANAP is so noninvasive, most patients are able to get back to their normal routine in a few short days. Since no tissue is cut during LANAP, you are able to heal more quickly after your treatment.
No Stitches With LANAP
Remember, if your tissue has been cut into, the dentist or oral surgeon needs a way to close it again. With surgery, you would do that with stitches.
With the LANAP treatment, the laser does two things. First, it evaporates the infected gum tissue. Second, it seals the healthy tissue at the same time.
The benefits are that it minimizes bleeding during the procedure, and in many instances, we wouldn’t need to tie your tissue back together.
It goes without saying that our team at Advanced Dental Associates will want you to come in for follow-up visits to make sure that everything worked out as planned. That said, you most likely won’t have to make a special trip just to have your stitches removed after the procedure.
Call Today To Experience Laser Dentistry
Call Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX today at 210-819-5233 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment or laser dentistry consultation. We’ll get you smiling big again in no time.