If you are experiencing sore, bleeding or swollen gums, loose teeth, or tooth loss, you may have gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to poor heart health, along with other systemic conditions. To promote Stroke Awareness Month this May, Dr. Michael Neely is encouraging all patients to get screened and treated for gum disease in Dallas, TX.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can affect anyone at any time in their life. Even with good dental hygiene, some people can still end up with chronic gum disease that must be carefully managed and treated to prevent bone, tissue and gum loss. Although there are several options for treatment, Dr. Neely recommends the LANAP® procedure.

How LANAP® Is Done

The LANAP® laser treatment procedure is advantageous over more traditional gum disease treatment options. It can be completed in fewer office visits, thus reducing the amount of time you need to set aside for treatment. It is also less invasive and traumatic. A mild anesthetic is administered prior to the procedure to prevent any discomfort. There is no cutting involved because a special laser is used to remove any diseased tissue from the gums. As a result, more healthy gum tissue remains. Any diseased bone is treated with a special dental laser to destroy the infection and promote healthy bone growth. Upon completion, patients can go on about their day and are better equipped to manage their newfound oral health.

Considerations

It is important for anyone who has been treated for gum disease in Dallas, TX to get regular screenings, as well as practice a good routine at home. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash. For some patients, making lifestyle or dietary and hygienic adjustments made be needed to help keep the condition from reoccurring. Dr. Neeley is happy to answer any questions you may have about gum disease and how to keep your smile healthy.

If you suspect that you have gum disease or have another type of dental concern, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Neely by calling (214) 705-3531.