Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment in Williamsport Revives Your Gums
Besides causing you embarrassment, chronic bad breath may be a sign of gum disease, or periodontal disease. For adults in the US, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. However, our South Williamsport dentists at the LANAP and Implant Center can bring your gums back to health using our integrated approach to nonsurgical gum disease treatment. Dr. DiGiallorenzo’s and Dr. Hsu’s skilled treatment can: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.
- Eliminate infection from your gums and prevent damage to your other teeth
- Save your teeth and help you avoid tooth extraction
- Stop bone loss and gum recession so you can maintain an attractive smile
- Help you maintain lasting gum health and total body health
If your gums are suffering, call us today to make an appointment: 570-433-8019. Our friendly office is convenient for residents in and around the 17702 ZIP code.
LANAP – Our Flagship Treatment For Restoring Gum Health
Using an innovative method called LANAP (laser-assisted new attachment procedure), we will detoxify your mouth to remove the infection in your gums. This is the only FDA-approved laser treatment for gum infection designed to remove harmful toxins – toxins that can destroy bone and gum tissue. Dental laser treatment actually encourages the growth of new tissue.
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.
- Painless – We won’t do any cutting, so you won’t need any stitches. Both your treatment and your recovery will be comfortable.
- Convenient – Your procedure can be completed in just one appointment because the laser removes damaged tissue quicker than a scalpel does.
- Fast – Without stitches, your recovery period will be shorter.
In addition to laser gum disease therapy with LANAP, other treatment options may include:
- Antibacterial therapy with germ-killing medication applied directly to the infected areas
- Enzyme suppression using a medication that prevents your body from breaking down bone and gum tissue
- Nutritional therapy to show you how your food choices affect your oral and overall health
Protect Your Health by Knowing the Symptoms of Gum Disease
Bleeding gums when you brush or floss is one of the most common signs of gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to serious health conditions such as heart disease, strokes, respiratory infections, diabetes, and even certain cancers. Contact us if you notice bleeding or any of these other symptoms:
- Red or swollen gums, or gums that are sore to the touch
- Noticeable pockets between your teeth and gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Changes in your bite or discomfort when putting your teeth together
Nonsurgical gum disease treatment can make your gums healthy and give you a brighter smile. Call us today at 570-433-8019 to schedule an appointment for care.