Respected Brentwood periodontist explains the differences between LANAP Laser Treatment and conventional gum surgery
Dentistry has come a long way over the years. Patients have more options for treatments that can provide the most comfort. One example of a major advancement in dentistry and periodontics is gum disease treatment. When gum disease reaches its advanced stages, conventional surgery is no longer the only option. Respected Brentwood dentist and periodontist Dr. Jamil Alkhoury provides laser treatment to restore health to the smile. Patients can find the LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) at his practice, Brentwood Family Dental.
Before explaining the treatment, it is important to understand the progression of gum disease. The first stage is called gingivitis, which is characterized by bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. Gingivitis is reversible when treated promptly. The next stage is periodontitis, in which pockets develop and separate from the teeth and bone structure. Eventually, the infection deepens and the teeth can shift and fall out. LANAP Laser Treatment is for patients who suffer from the advanced stages of gum disease. Eventually, the body heals naturally so the gum pockets improve and teeth become more stable. There are several differences between this technique and traditional gum surgery. With laser treatment, patients can count on the following:
- No cutting or sewing – Thanks to advances in technology, we can use a laser and special instruments rather than a scalpel and sutures. This preserves gum tissue.
- Minimal downtime – Unlike a conventional surgery, there is minimal downtime, allowing patients to return to work and other daily activities quickly.
- A procedure that can save teeth – Laser treatment regenerates bone tissue and encourages connective reattachment of tissue by stimulating the bone and surrounding teeth. Therefore, the treatment has the ability to save teeth.
Symptoms of gum disease include bad breath, prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages, tender or swollen gums, and tooth discoloration. If you have noticed any signs of gum disease, do not delay treatment. Regardless of the stage of the disease, we can provide the right treatment to restore health to your smile. Call our friendly team at 925-344-5296 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alkhoury.
Last Updated - June 2015
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