Laser Gum Disease Treatment (LANAP & PERIOLASE)
Traditionally moderate or severe gum disease treatment (periodontitis) involved painful ossesous surgery consisting of shaving and cutting of your gums & bone. What causes periodontitis aka gum disease? Let me give you a good explanation:
I want you to floss your teeth and smell your floss. Sounds gross right? Well, actually smell it! If you did, you would notice that it smells bad. So why would it smell bad? It’s because there is something on your teeth called plaque which is basically a mixture of food debris and bacteria. Think of it as gunk on your teeth. That’s why brushing and flossing is important. If you do not brush and floss away the plaque, cavities and gum disease can occur. 75% of Americans statistically get periodontitis in their lifetime. Periodontitis is a disease process where the bone supporting your teeth are resorbed away over time. If left untreated, you will have loose teeth and eventually lose teeth and need dentures. Heard of the term “long in the tooth?” That term comes from gum disease because historically as people got older, they had untreated gum disease and they lost bone supporting their teeth and as time went by, the teeth appeared longer!
Well let’s be honest. Most Americans don’t have a daily flossing habit which is one of the major reasons for periodontitis and gum disease. Now think of anytime that you went to the dentist and got your teeth cleaned. There’s scraping of your teeth or a buzzing water instrument right? Well, why do we use that if you can brush and floss away plaque? It’s because if left unremoved, the plaque on your teeth forms something hard called calculus or tarter. Think of your sink and shower head. In Texas, we have hard water so we get calcium buildup. Think of plaque remaining on your teeth as hard water. It will form calcium buildup (calculus/tarter) and as the buildup gets deeper underneath your gums, it gets closer to the bone supporting your teeth and basically the body resorbs the bone away and that’s when periodontitis occurs. If left untreated, deeper calculus and tarter occurs and resorption continues on until you have loose and wiggly teeth and ultimately, lose your teeth and need dentures!
So how can Dr. Pham at Circle C Dental treat progressive and severe periodontitis? Using the Periolase laser with the FDA approved LANAP protocol, we can naturally stimulate your body to grow new bone and gums lost due to gum disease. No other procedure offers these results: 90% of patients remain stable at 5 years. If you have loose or wiggly teeth or worry about losing teeth due to gum disease and periodontitis, let us know!
Contact us today or call us at 512-301-2483 to start healing of your gums!
Currently VERY FEW dentists (only 5 in Austin) offer laser LANAP treatment and Dr. Pham is one! CHECK OUT HIS SEGMENT ON KXAN ABOUT LASER GUM DISEASE TREATMENT HERE!!!!
Benefits of laser gum disease treatment
- 24-hour recovery time with minimal discomfort
- 95% of laser treated patients remain stable after five years
- Greater predictability for reattachment of gum tissue and bone regeneration
- Less time in dental chair. Typically takes two 2-hour visits
- Reduced risk of infection, decreased sensitivity and less bleeding
- Little to no gum recession
- Less invasive: no cutting, no sutures, and minimal bleeding
- Treats the whole mouth, not just single site defects
- Click here for our brochure with more detail!
- Click here for an animated demo.
- Click here forDr. Pham’s Periolase video he made showing the laser in action