You guessed it – gum disease. Did you know that nearly half of the American adult population suffers from some form of gum disease? Did you also know that left untreated, gum disease can wreak havoc on your oral health, causing tooth and bone loss, and can contribute to serious systemic health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke?
Gum disease is preventable, and treatable when caught in the early stages. Read on to learn more about gum disease, and how your Houston dentist, Dr. Dassani at Dassani Dentistry, can reverse the effects with the revolutionary LANAP® laser treatment.
Periodontitis or advanced gum disease occurs when gingivitis is allowed to progress. Tartar irritates the gums to the point where they begin to pull away from the teeth, or recede. Gum recession left untreated can cause deep pockets to form, allowing the infection to progress even further. Receding gums eventually expose the roots of the teeth, causing pain and sensitivity, and leaving the door open for further decay and infection.
You may have heard on toothpaste or mouthwash commercials about “the gum disease gingivitis”. The truth is, gingivitis is not a “type” of gum disease, rather, it’s the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis occurs when proper oral hygiene is not followed. Plaque that is allowed to remain on teeth quickly turns into plaque’s hardened cousin – tartar. Tartar along the gum line irritates the gums and causes gingivitis.
The mouth is a gateway to the rest of the body; bacteria and infections in the mouth have a direct pathway to enter the blood stream and internal organs. Left untreated, aside from the horrific oral health consequences including tooth and bone loss, gum disease can cause and contribute to serious systemic diseases, including:
If you’re like many of our patients, the thought of any oral surgical procedure involving cutting and sutures can make you a little queasy. That’s why Dr. Dassani at Dassani Dentistry is proud to have invested and received advanced training in the LANAP® protocol for gum disease treatment. This laser therapy has truly revolutionized the way we treat gum disease, and we’ve helped many patients save their teeth and their smiles without the need for invasive surgery.
The benefits of LANAP® laser gum treatment versus traditional surgical techniques include:
LANAP® stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Protocol, and is the new gold standard for gum disease treatment. Treating gum disease used to require invasive surgical techniques involving scalpels and sutures. We would have to cut out diseased tissue, and reattach it with sutures. This technique was invasive, painful, and required a lot of healing and recovery time.
With LANAP®, we use a tiny laser to pass between the gums and the teeth without having to actually separate the gums from the teeth. This allows us to remove the gum disease infection, while leaving healthy tissue intact. This creates a better environment for healthy, fast healing, and more successful results. LANAP® can actually eliminate periodontal pockets and reverse gum recession. LANAP® stimulates new tissue growth and regeneration of bone and supporting structures.
If you’re ready to treat your gum disease with the most advanced laser treatment available, you’ve come to the right place. If you have any questions about gum disease, LANAP® treatment, or are ready to schedule an appointment with your Houston dentist– Dr. Dassani at Dassani dentistry – give us a call today!
Dr. Meghna Dassani is a world-renowned and internationally educated dentist right here in Houston, Texas. She received dental training from the University of Mumbai in India and ran a successful practice there for six years before moving to the U.S. She received even more training and advanced education from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine before starting her own practice at Dassani Dentistry. Dr. Dassani specializes in the placement of dental implants and LANAP® laser gum disease treatment.