- November 11, 2016
Too often, people forget to consider the importance of their gums with regard to their smiles and their oral health. Gum disease can turn a great smile into a bad one in a relatively short amount of time.
As periodontal disease progresses, it damages more and more of your gum tissue. It can leave the roots of your teeth exposed, and it may allow bacteria to attack the bone that is holding your teeth in your mouth.
At the LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania, our dentists would prefer it if our patients removed the infection as soon as possible and saved their smiles in the process. Today, we will be discussing how LANAP could help you like it’s helped so many of patients at our dentist offices in Collegeville and Williamsport, PA.
You can request an appointment anytime by contacting us online or by calling either of our locations.
What Causes Gum Disease?
It starts with something that’s in your mouth already — bacteria.
The bacteria that cause gum disease multiply on a daily basis. As more bacteria grow, they will start to form plaque. This is a sticky substance that clings to your teeth. It can get below your gumline as well.
Toxins in the plaque can irritate your gum tissue, leading to the infection that we call gum disease. As your infection gets worse, you may notice symptoms such as:
◆ Red or swollen gums
◆ Bleeding gums
◆ Bad breath that does not go away
◆ Gums that feel sore or tender
◆ Pus leaking from your gums
◆ Receding gums
◆ Teeth that feel loose in your mouth
You can prevent gum disease by following the ADA guidelines to brush and clean between your teeth and gums daily and to visit your dentist for routine cleanings.
Nevertheless, some people are more prone to developing gum disease than others. If this should happen to you or someone you love, please contact the LANAP & Implant Center as soon as you are able.
We want to stop your gum disease as early as possible. The LANAP procedure can play a vital role in your treatment.
The Right Place For Gum Disease Treatment
Treating gum disease is a multistep process, but it’s one that our staff is uniquely qualified to handle.
Dr. David DiGiallorenzo is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis. That means he has received specialized training in the treatment of gum disease and related issues.
Today, he is a nationally respected periodontist. He works with referring dentists from across America and has treated patients from every state in the union. He also has served as a clinical instructor at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Periodontics and has has been a featured lecturer at local and national meetings.
Dr. Henry Hsu is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. He received the National Board Scholar Award and American Academy of Periodontology Outstanding Student Award. He also completed specialty training in periodontics at U of L in 2015.
You can trust that our dentists and our staff are more than prepared to handle any periodontal problem you may be experiencing. Just call or contact us online to make an appointment.
LANAP Vs. Gum Disease
LANAP is a more modern approach to periodontal treatment.
In the past, dentists would have grabbed a scalpel and cut away the infected tissue as well as some healthy tissue in the process.
Today, we can use LANAP to remove the infection, save more of your healthy tissue, and improve your recovery time. LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure.
We start by using a dental laser to remove infected tissue from around your teeth. The laser essentially zaps the infected tissue to remove it.
This allows us easier access to the roots of your teeth. We then use an ultrasonic cleaner to break up tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth. Water flushes the tartar away from your teeth and so it can be removed from your mouth.
After the tartar has been removed, we will go over the pocket again to zap any infected tissue that remains. This process also causes a clotting process to seal the healthy tissue and helps it re-attach to your teeth.
Keep Smiling By Keeping Your Gum Disease-Free
Should you develop gum disease, always remember that the LANAP & Implant Center is here to help you.