Many people who suffer from periodontitis tend to avoid treatment because of a fear of surgery. However, the good news for them is that newer procedures for dealing with the disease are far less fear-inducing that traditional ones. The Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is one such alternative. It has advanced the treatment of periodontitis allowing for less pain, shorter procedures and drastically-reduced healing times. Use of LANAP is growing at a steady rate and can be found in many areas such as Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Plaque buildup on the teeth if left untreated can progress into tartar, gingivitis and later, periodontitis. Periodontitis causes bacteria to build up in the pockets between the teeth and gums. This buildup is responsible for red bleeding gums, bad breath and a receding gum line among many other ills. Unfortunately if left untreated, periodontitis can cause tissue damage as well as tooth and bone loss.
Periodontitis was traditionally treated with a scalpel that was used to remove the infection from the gap between the gum and the teeth. However, this inadvertently removed some of the healthy tissue as well. Additionally, sutures (commonly called stitches) were used to reattach the gums to the teeth. Although considered a surgical procedure, the LANAP is far less invasive than traditional surgeries in treating periodontitis.
In the procedure, Dr. DeAndrade or Dr. Allen will use a wand equipped with a laser to remove the diseased tissue. The laser itself is just about the thickness of three human hairs and is inserted between the tooth and gum to remove the infection. The laser targets only diseased tissue and leaves healthy tissue untouched and able to regenerate. The periodontist is also able to adjust the laser intensity in the hemostasis step which stops bleeding and accelerates healing.
This entire procedure is performed with the use of a local anesthetic since it is much less painful than traditional surgery. The procedure is also much faster than traditional surgery and your entire mouth can be treated in just two sessions. It also requires a lot less healing time so that you will need less time away from work and the things you love. Traditional surgery, on the other hand, can require a healing time of up to four weeks.
Dealing with your periodontitis need not be a scary thing as dental procedures are improving every day. There is no reason to have to keep on suffering. LANAP allows periodontists to treat your teeth and gums without discomfort while at the same time allowing you to heal quickly. Visit Anthem Periodontics today to find out how we can help you!