You might have caught our previous blog about the importance of understanding gum disease so that you can defeat gum disease. There are many things to take into consideration, and we hope that you have taken our advice to heart.
Preventing gum disease is the key to beating gum disease, but that doesn’t always happen. In fact, it usually DOESN’T happen. About 85% of our patients walk through our doors with some form of gum disease! We can often clear the infection from their mouth before they leave their appointment, but we know that it could come back.
The only thing keeping most of our patients from severe cases of infection is the routine cleaning and exam appointment. If you aren’t getting that, then you are at risk for a whole lot of trouble.
Today, we want to talk about your options for treatment of advanced gum disease. Some of the “other guys” are going to recommend a painful, uncomfortable procedure, but we have a solution that is much more comfortable and beneficial to you! First, let’s look at the progression of gum disease.
The Progression of Gum Disease
Gum disease begins as practically nothing. In fact, that’s why so many patients come in with infections, they have no idea it’s there until we point it out! When we see infections at this early stage, we are able to remove the bacteria and get you on your way without too much trouble.
However, it won’t be long before that bacteria under your gum line turns into a full-blown infection that causes swelling and bleeding in your gums. Your gum tissue will actually begin to pull away from your teeth because it is holding so much bacteria! As the bacteria travels down into your gums along your tooth, it will eventually hit bone. The bone then becomes infected, and you are at risk of losing your tooth.
You Don’t HAVE to Have Gum Surgery!
At these late points of infection, your dentist might look at you and recommend gum surgery. This is a painful procedure where your tissues are opened, cleaned, and put back in place with stitches as a means of removing the infection.
It might seem like the only option, but believe us when we say it is not! You can get the same results with none of the negative effects!
The LANAP Alternative
At Overmeyer Family Dental, we are investing in your best possible outcome. When it comes to treating advanced gum disease, we turn to our LANAP procedure. LANAP simply means that we will be using a special laser to assist us in your procedure. The laser is a much more effective and comfortable alternative to the metal instruments used in other offices. Below is a list of some of the benefits for you!
Benefits to you:
No Discomfort – Instead of the soreness associated with a metal instrument-led surgical procedure, you will be pain-free during and after your appointment. The laser does far less trauma to your soft tissues, which leaves you more comfortable.
Faster Healing Time – Because there is less trauma, there is less need for healing! You will be back to normal within a day or two instead of the week or two that a traditional treatment would require.
No Leftover Stitches – Lasers have a unique ability to cauterize as they work, which makes stitching irrelevant. There will be no need for you to worry about maintaining or waiting for stitches to come out!
Complete Removal of Infection – A laser completes the gum surgery just as well as the traditional gum surgery method, but it has an added benefit. You are less likely to experience an infection from the procedure itself! All in all, there is far less to worry about following a LANAP gum infection treatment.
Get a Second Opinion!
Have you been told that you need pocket reduction gum surgery? Get a second opinion from Overmeyer Family Dental! We are here to help, and we want to make sure you get the best quality care available! Contact us to learn more about the LANAP procedure and how it can save your smile from the woes of advanced gum disease.