Gum disease is such a common occurrence that many people fail to realize how serious the condition can be. It starts off with a little bit of gingivitis that causes your gums to bleed when you floss or brush. The next stage is periodontitis, which starts to cause irreversible damage and pockets in your gums. The final stage is advanced periodontitis, where connective tissue and bones are being destroyed by spreading bacteria, and tooth loss may soon follow. For those suffering from moderate to severe periodontitis, Dr. Michael Neeley may recommend LANAP® in Dallas, TX.
Also known as Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, LANAP® is laser gum surgery. After administration of an anesthetic, a laser is used to identify and treat diseased parts of your gum. Diseased parts are identified by the color of your gums. This procedure seeks to help gum tissue regenerate as opposed to removing it entirely from your mouth. The stimulation of growth helps to keep your teeth securely in place, hopefully preventing any loss of teeth. Follow-up visits may be necessary to ensure the procedure is successful.
LANAP® does not use blades, so there is no need to cut into your gums and remove the diseased tissue. Since there is no cutting, this also means that your healthy tissue is not adversely affected. The laser differentiates between healthy and diseased tissue based on the color, and it does not harm teeth or bone. There is also less pain and discomfort during and after the procedure, as opposed to traditional surgical methods. The procedure has also been FDA cleared and patented Laser Periodontal Therapy.
Making the Choice
LANAP® may be a great choice for certain individuals suffering from more advanced stages of gum disease, but it is not necessarily the right choice for everyone. Dr. Neeley can consult with you about the various options you have for treatment, as well as whether or not you qualify for laser gum surgery. To learn more about this LANAP® in Dallas, TX, or to schedule a consultation, call (214) 705-3526.
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