Are you experiencing gum soreness, bleeding, or swelling? Periodontal disease may be to blame. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is typically caused by bacteria getting into the gum “pockets” and causing irritation and discomfort. If left untreated, gum disease can lead increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or complete tooth loss. Traditional treatment methods for gum disease include grafting, or removal, of the infected gums or bone. This procedure is often quite painful and the gums can take a while to heal. Fortunately, a more gentle, minimally invasive technique known as Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP® is available to treat gum disease. Your dentist and their expert team in Fairfax, VA offer this groundbreaking procedure and advanced technologies to treat gum disease.
About the Procedure
LANAP includes the use of a gentle laser light to remove disease causing bacteria and infected gum and bone tissue while leaving healthy tissue unharmed. Advantages of using LANAP compared to traditional procedures include:
- No scalpels or sutures
- Minimal bleeding and pain
- Multiple teeth can be treated at once
- Faster healing and minimal downtime
- Promotes health bone and gum regrowth
- Can be used with dental implants in place
Your dentist understands the importance of maintaining the health of your teeth and gums, and preserving any tissue that is uninfected. Your dentist will clean any plaque buildup after the LANAP procedure, and the surrounding jaw bone is reshaped to allow healthy gum tissue reattachment and regrowth to the tooth or dental implant. The laser is then used to help promote blood flow to the area to speed up recovery time. For patients with dental implants, it is important to keep the bone and gums healthy. Your dentist understands this and will use the LANAP procedure help you keep your smile healthy. There is a reason so many of his patients are satisfied with their results!
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