When teeth are not brushed or flossed properly, it can cause plaque and bacteria to build up in between your teeth and gums. Without regular cleanings from your dentist, the plaque can calcify and become tartar, which cannot be removed with brushing and flossing. If the tartar isn’t removed, it can start to build up under the gum line, pushing your gums away from your teeth. Eventually, the disease will eat away at the gum tissue and bone that holds your teeth in place resulting in the loss of your tooth. Once gum disease has progressed to this point it is called periodontal disease, and can cause irreparable damage to your oral health.
Treating Periodontal Disease
Though bone loss cannot be reversed without a grafting procedure, it is still important to have periodontal disease treated as soon as possible. Treatment will stop the progression of the disease so your gums can heal and your oral health can get back on track. One of the most efficient ways to treat periodontal disease is with a laser gum therapy treatment called Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure or LANAP.
During the LANAP treatment, a soft tissue laser will be used to gently remove infected and diseased gum tissue from between your teeth and gums. It will also stimulate gum growth in order to replace some of the gum that was eaten away by gum disease. Once the infected gum tissue has been removed, the tooth will also be cleaned so the gums will be able to reattach to the tooth.
LANAP is the best treatment available for periodontal disease because the thin laser only removes damaged gum tissue. Other treatments use dental tools to scrape away infected tissue and can also remove healthy gum tissue with it. The laser is gentle, less invasive, and less painful than most periodontal disease treatments and encourages gum growth instead of just reattachment.
The Best in Periodontal Treatment
We use the LANAP treatment at Jensen Beach Dental because it uses the latest in dental technology, and is able to provide safe and effective results. If you live in the Jensen Beach, FL area and would like to know about the LANAP treatment, or to schedule a gum disease consultation, please contact our office today!