Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment in Collegeville Restores Gum Health
Perpetually bad breath isn’t just embarrassing. It may also signal you have 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 integrated approach to nonsurgical gum disease treatment.Doctor David DiGiallorenzo on the Lanap procedure Read Transcript
Hi, I'm Dr. DiGiallorenzo of the LANAP and Implant Center. Today I wanted to discuss a little bit about our long-term findings on the LANAP procedure. Typically, patients come in and they ask, “How can I avoid surgery?” And one of the things, after being in practice 25 years and being a third-generation dentist, commonly we would find patients had high fear of surgery, were very concerned about the time that it took, and had really very awful experiences in the past. A lot of scraping, a lot of pain associated with the periodontal procedures that were necessary. So really, one, I wanted to talk to the benefits of the LANAP procedure. Clearly, if we look just the difference in the procedure, we can see here that this is a scalpel and this would be something that was traditionally used in surgery, particularly in the periodontal aspect of how we're going to treat the disease process.
It essentially required cutting and suturing. Very painful. Multiple procedures. With the advent of LANAP, which we've been utilizing this procedure for over 10 years, we see a much more kinder, a much gentler approach. This is the fiber tip, this is the handpiece, and this energy, as we call it, is introduced between the tooth and gum to facilitate regeneration. So there's no cutting, there's no suturing. We can facilitate the process over and over, so you can have LANAP completed over and over. The delivery of the therapeutic energy that's delivered is only beneficial to the human body, the cellular activity, and will create consistent improvements in the periodontal parameters.
So we've had just extremely good success with LANAP. We can do the procedure in one visit, so you don't have to tie up a lot of time. It's an interactive procedure. It's not cutting, so the body will actually regenerate the bone and the soft tissue. And it's just been a very important change philosophically in how we're going to remediate chronic inflammation in the body. So, the good news is that we just don't have to cut anymore, and that makes a big difference in outcome for our patients.
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
To improve your gum health and your overall health, call the LANAP and Implant Center at 610-228-4366.
LANAP Treatment Removes Diseased Tissue in One 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:Doctor Henry Hsu on non surgical gum disease treatment Read Transcript
At the LANAP and Implant Center, we utilize a no-cutting, no-stitching, state-of-the-art technology, utilizing a dental laser called LANAP. That stands for Laser-Assisted Periodontal Procedure. In the past 30, 40 years ago, in the case of severe gum disease, gum surgery was essentially the only way to treat severe periodontal problem. However, it comes with many drawbacks. The gum surgery a lot of times can cause additional sensitivity to the teeth, gum recession, and also, although it can take care of the infection, in itself it's a destructive surgery. LANAP is a minimally invasive way to, as opposed to the traditional gum surgery, to take care of periodontal disease in an effective manner. The laser is selectively attracted to the bacterial wavelength, so it goes down under the gum and zaps all the bugs away. Studies have shown that LANAP is not only just effective at treating severe periodontal problems, but also gives a chance for the periodontal tissue including bones, cements, and the periodontal ligament to regenerate back.
Okay, so you can in fact expect a certain level of regeneration after the LANAP, whereas the traditional gum surgery is completely resective. A lot of times, you'll end up losing more bone at the cost of the infection control.
- 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
Don’t Ignore 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 begins 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 610-228-4366.