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The Gentler Way to Treat Gum Disease

Gum disease can be silent in early stages, so many people don’t realize they have a problem until it’s reached an advanced stage. By the time some patients seek treatment with Dr. Joseph Holland at Advanced Periodontics & Implants of Katy (APIK), gum disease has damaged their smile function and esthetics. While traditional osseous surgery is effective for treating advanced periodontal disease, it requires scalpels to remove diseased gum tissue and infected pockets in your bone or gums and sutures to reshape the gums around your teeth.

You’ll benefit from the highly specific light frequency of the laser, which treats gum disease in a far gentler and more precise manner than traditional gum surgery.

LANAP®, which stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, enables certain periodontal procedures to be performed in a safer, more precise and less invasive manner than traditional surgical methods. When you choose LANAP in Katy, TX, you’ll benefit from the highly specific light frequency of the laser, which treats gum disease in a far gentler and precise manner than traditional gum surgery.
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A Healthy Smile Requires Healthy Gums

Gum tissue is one of the most important parts of your mouth, as it supports your teeth and jawbone while creating a barrier against bacteria. The earliest stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, occurs when bacteria in your mouth causes gum inflammation. Professional dental cleaning – together with daily brushing and flossing, plus the use of an electric toothbrush and antibacterial mouthwashes – can often reverse early gum disease. However, if plaque is left to accumulate on your teeth, it hardens into tartar and releases bacterial toxins that irritate gum tissue.

Early Intervention Can Prevent Tooth Loss

Bleeding, swollen and tender gums are the most common signs of gingivitis. It’s important to be aware of these signs, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Holland as soon as possible if you notice any of them. You may also experience pain when chewing and chronic bad breath (halitosis). When left untreated, gingivitis can evolve into periodontitis, which causes gums to recede from your teeth and periodontal pockets to form. When bacteria infiltrates these pockets, this can result in an infection that can damage your bone and connective tissue. If left unchecked, this can lead to teeth loosening and falling out of their sockets. In fact, gum disease is by far the most common cause of tooth loss.

Gum Disease Risk Factors

An estimated 46% of adults 30 years or older in the U.S. have some form of gum disease, while severe periodontics impacts about 9% of people in this age group. Research shows older adults have the highest rates of gum disease, with more than 70% of Americans 65 and older impacted by periodontitis. In addition to age, risk factors include:
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Treating Gum Disease with Laser Therapy

Since LANAP received FDA approval in 2004, it has revolutionized the treatment of gum disease. Today, it’s still the only laser gum disease treatment that is FDA-approved and proven to promote gum tissue regeneration. Using the PerioLase MVP-7™ laser, Dr. Holland selectively vaporizes inflamed and diseased tissue beneath your gum line inside periodontal pockets, while healthy tissue remains unharmed. Additionally, this advanced laser technology targets and kills the bacteria responsible for gum disease and helps facilitate healthy reattachment of supporting tissues to the surface of the tooth’s root. Furthermore, since LANAP requires no cutting, the risk of infection during recovery is minimal.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

A 2013 study showed that the PerioLase MVP-7 laser resulted in phenomenal and comparable outcomes to conventional periodontal surgery while facilitating regeneration. Research also showed patients treated with LANAP had less recurrence of periodontal disease over time compared to those treated with traditional methods like osseous surgery. More recently, this successful gum disease protocol has been modified into LAPIP™, a laser approach to treat the serious postsurgical dental implant complication known as peri-implantitis.

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Benefits of LANAP Gum Surgery

Don’t delay if you’re experiencing gum disease symptoms!

Call us today and schedule a visit for LANAP gum surgery.
Advanced Periodontics & Implants of Katy performs LANAP procedures in Katy, Fulshear, Cinco Ranch and Sugar Land, TX.

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