How Nonsurgical Laser Gum Disease Treatment Works
Perpetually bad breath isn’t just embarrassing. It may also signal you have (periodontal) gum disease. This serious condition is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. The great news is it’s completely treatable, especially with our painless approach that utilizes fiber optic laser gum treatments, with no cutting or stitching. View one of our videos by our Collegeville Laser Dentist, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo.
Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment
Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment
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Laser Treatments Options for Gum Disease
Treatment from our Collegeville dentist office will:
- Relieve the infection
- Prevent infection from spreading
- Save your teeth
- Stop bone loss and receding gums, two common results of gum disease
- Position you for lifelong gum health
Remove Disease Gum Tissue With Laser Treatments in a Single Visit
Our team will detoxify your mouth to remove the bacterial infection using a method called LANAP (laser-assisted new attachment procedure). This is the only FDA-approved laser protocol for treating gum infections to remove harmful toxins, which elicit your body’s natural response to destroy bone and gum tissue. Using the dental laser, we can encourage actual tissue regeneration.
Compared to traditional gum disease treatment, LANAP is:
- Fast – It can be completed in a single appointment. Our laser removes diseased tissue far more quickly than a scalpel.
- Painless – There is no cutting or stitching involved, so both your procedure and your recovery will be more comfortable.
- Promotes Quicker Healing – Without stitches, you’ll recover more quickly.
Because there is no cutting, no sewing, and no pain with laser gum disease treatment, it’s great for people who get nervous at the dentist.
In addition to LANAP, other treatment options our specialists may suggest include:
- Enzyme suppression, which involves a medication that prevents your body from breaking down bone and gum tissue
- Antibacterial therapy, which uses antibiotics applied at the infection site to help protect against disease-causing bacteria
- Nutritional therapy, which can reduce your risk factors
Common Periodontal Gum Disease Symptoms
One of the most common symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease is gums that bleed when you brush or floss. Call us ASAP if you experience this or any of these other symptoms:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
Gum Disease Causes Unhealthy Inflammation
Gum disease is caused by plaque that gets under your gums. Toxins in the plaque cause irritation and infection. Because these toxins cause the gums to go into a chronic inflammatory state, the tissues begin to break down as the body tries to fight the infection. Bone will begin to break down as well. The gums will loosen, and pockets will form around the teeth.
The pockets expose you to even more bacteria and spread the gum disease. Medical research has linked this inflammation to serious conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, respiratory infections, and certain cancers.
To find out if you need nonsurgical gum disease treatment, call 610-850-9206.
Periodontal Gum Disease Risks
The truth is that chronic oral inflammatory disease- or periodontal disease- can do more than cause tooth loss, said Collegeville Periodontist Dr. David DiGiallorenzo. It can kill you.
It is estimated that almost 75 percent of Americans suffer from any of a number periodontal disease forms and aren’t even aware of it, according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.
“Millions of Americans have loose teeth, bleeding gums, sore teeth, bad breath and shifting teeth, and all of these things are signs of periodontal disease,” said DiGiallorenzo, a Collegeville, PA dental implants specialist. “What’s particularly alarming is that only about three percent will receive treatment.”
The majority of people go undiagnosed as a result of not routinely visiting a dentist and not having a full periodontal probing and full set of X-rays. Of those who do get diagnosed, they frequently don’t follow through with treatment because gum disease typically doesn’t hurt and either they ignore recommendations, or they are under-treated, he said.
“There is this erroneous belief among many people that they don’t need to seek dental treatment until they are in pain, when the truth is that identifying the problems before they are painful and have the potential to lead to tooth loss is a much more prudent approach,” DiGiallorenzo said.
Others prolong treatment because they fear the treatment itself will be painful. That’s another misconception, now that laser periodontal treatment is available.
DiGiallorenzo is the only periodontist in the Delaware Valley who offers the laser-assisted new attachment procedure commonly referred to as LANAP. Earlier this year, he purchased the PerioLase laser. This surgical alternative is U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved and offers a quicker, pain-free treatment.
Lung Cancer Risks
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death, and a recent review of existing research has shown that a connection may exist between this killer and periodontal disease.
The review, published in the June edition of the Journal of Periodontology, included five studies that involved more than 320,000 participants. Their findings stated “that periodontal disease was associated with a significant risk of lung cancer.”
The data also showed that women who have periodontal disease are more likely than men to develop lung cancer.
One of the studies researchers reviewed suggested that certain oral bacteria may play a role in cancer cells forming in the lungs, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
On the bright side, another study reviewed suggested that treating and managing periodontal disease may significantly reduce a person’s chances of getting lung cancer.
“My hope is that this finding will prompt researchers to look deeper into the lung cancer/gum disease connection,” says Dr. David DiGiallorenzo. “The more we can learn about gum disease’s connection to serious systemic illnesses, the better we can educate the public about the importance of gum disease treatment as an approach to improved overall health.”
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