Gum disease affects about half of all adults in the United States. Gum disease is silent, with many people not even knowing they have it until they experience advanced symptoms.
The traditional gum disease treatment for most patients is a surgical procedure that cuts into the gum tissue and folds it back, so the plaque and tartar that have built up below the gum line can be cleaned out.
The LANAP method is instead a laser treatment designed to regrow the tissues and bone lost to gum disease. LANAP stands for “Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure” and is a more effective, comfortable, and less invasive gum disease treatment used by Dr. Garate to remove diseased gum tissue and encourage gum reattachment and healing.
How Does LANAP Work?
Traditional gum surgery is painful, invasive, and usually involves a lengthy healing time. LANAP causes little to no pain or gum recession, and patients can quickly go back to their normal lives right away. The laser is more exact, so less healthy tissue is damaged during treatment. LANAP also stimulates tissue regeneration, helping to reverse the effects of periodontal disease.
During your LANAP treatment at Perfect Smiles California, Dr. Garate will use a laser tool with a small probe attached to the tip to clean between the gum pockets and your teeth. This probe uses a powerful beam of light to quickly remove the diseased gum tissues. The laser also sanitizes your gum pockets, reducing inflammation and protecting your gums from infection.
Is Gum Disease Treatment The Right Choice For Your Smile?
You could be a candidate for LANAP gum disease treatment if you have deep gum pockets or have symptoms of periodontal disease. Signs of periodontal disease can include:
- Receding gums
- Loosening teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Teeth that look "long"
- A change in your bite
Patients with moderate to severe gum disease are usually ideal candidates for LANAP. It is also an excellent option for patients who don’t want to put themselves through a conventional oral surgery.
Patients who complete LANAP treatment can also experience less gum recession, which helps to improve their smile’s overall appearance.
Schedule Your LANAP Gum Disease Treatment Consultation With Perfect Smiles California Today!
If you have questions about gum disease treatment, tooth pain, or any other services our Chula Vista dental practice offers, give us a call.
A consultation with Dr. Garate is the perfect way to answer all of your questions and determine if LANAP gum disease treatment could be the best solution for your smile!