Periodontal (gum) disease presents few or no symptoms in the early stage. Left untreated, though, this bacterial infection can severely damage smiles. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Our dentists use modern therapies, including laser dentistry, to treat gum disease and revitalize oral health.
During your checkup and hygiene visit, we’ll examine your smile for signs of gum disease. Gingivitis, the mildest form of this infection, is often alleviated with a deep cleaning by one of our hygienists, along with proper brushing and flossing at home. Your dentist may suggest antibiotic therapy to treat advanced gum disease.
Surgery is often needed to resolve periodontitis, the most severe form of gum disease. But our dentists won’t use a scalpel. Instead they’ll employ modern laser dentistry to remove diseased tissue and revitalize gums. Specifically, you’ll be treated with a procedure called LANAP. This stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, and it’s an FDA-approved treatment for severe cases of gum disease.
How does LANAP work?
As gum disease worsens, gums separate from teeth, and pockets form where bacteria flourish. Without intervention, you’ll likely experience significant damage to gum tissue, bone degeneration, and — ultimately — tooth loss. Your dentist will use a PerioLase laser to remove diseased matter without damaging healthy tissue. Following laser periodontal therapy, gum tissue regenerates and reattaches to the tooth for a strong, healthy, and comfortable smile.
Benefits of LANAP
LANAP is less invasive and more comfortable than traditional surgery. You’ll heal faster, and many patients resume normal activities immediately following treatment. Because LANAP is performed with a laser, bleeding is minimal, so there’s no need for stitches. LANAP is a conservative treatment that allows your dentist to preserve more of your gum tissue and improve the overall health of your mouth.
Call today to schedule your periodontal laser dentistry appointment with Dr. Cornell McCullom, Dr. Yetta McCullom, or Dr. Robin Ferguson. Our contemporary Chicago dental office serves residents of South Shore, Hyde Park, Calumet Heights, and surrounding areas with professionalism and care for fabulous smiles.
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