Do you know if you have gum disease? Although most people would say they don’t, studies show otherwise. The CDC reports that nearly half of all American adults live with at least minor periodontal disease, a condition that can cause tooth loss, bone loss, and systemic inflammation. Fortunately, cutting-edge treatments like LANAP can help you to stop gum disease in its tracks before it starts to cause permanent problems.
How LANAP Works
Because gum tissue tends to pull away from the teeth when plaque, tartar, and bacteria are present, pockets can form between the teeth and the gums in patients who have periodontal disease. The purpose of LANAP, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is to clean and sanitize these pockets to encourage the area to heal. LANAP is performed under local anesthetic, and involves having Dr. Edwards place a very small fiber-optic probe into your gingival pockets. Laser gum treatment in Indianapolis is incredibly effective, doesn’t require any cutting or stitches, and takes much less time than traditional pocket reduction surgery.
Are You a LANAP Candidate
Most patients who have developed deep periodontal pockets are candidates for LANAP. Symptoms include bad breath, bleeding during brushing or flossing, reddened or inflamed gums, gum recession, loose teeth, and pus or oozing around the gumline. The deeper the gingival pockets, the more advanced your periodontal disease has become. While healthy teeth and gums have periodontal pockets between 0 and 3 millimeters deep that don’t bleed when probed, people who have gingival pockets 5 millimeters and deeper are considered excellent candidates for LANAP.
Since periodontal disease has been tied to many other serious systemic diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, and heart disease, it is important to seek treatment as soon as you can. Since LANAP is minimally invasive, it can often be performed on patients with ongoing health concerns, including pregnant women or patients with diabetes.
Schedule Your LANAP Consultation Today
To find out if laser gum treatment in Fishers is right for you, contact Implant Dentistry and Periodontics today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Edwards. We look forward to giving you the best smile of your life!