LANAP® for Comfortable, Effective Periodontal Disease Treatment
Gum disease affects about half of all adults and is the number one cause of tooth loss. Dr. Robert Hawke is committed to providing the latest and most effective periodontal treatments, including LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), at his Tucson, AZ, dental practice. This state-of-the-art medical device removes diseased tissue and destroys bacteria, while allowing your gums to heal quickly around the dental roots. Compared to other periodontal treatments, LANAP® is highly effective and boasts fast recovery times with minimal discomfort.
Understanding Periodontal Disease
Bacteria that collect between your teeth and gums can eventually infect the gums. These microbes can quickly multiply, forming gaps or pockets between the gums and dental roots. Inflammation, redness, and bleeding at the gums, as well as chronic bad breath, are signs of periodontitis. Other gum disease symptoms include pain when eating, tooth sensitivity to temperature, and changes in the fit of bridges and dentures.
Periodontal disease has been linked to a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. Early treatment for gum disease not only protects your oral health, but your overall wellbeing.
In more advanced cases of gum disease, the pockets grow so large that the teeth are no longer firmly anchored in place and become loose, or fall out. LANAP® is designed to stop gum disease, by eradicating harmful bacteria and closing dangerous periodontal pockets.
How Does LANAP® Work?
After making you comfortable with a local anesthetic, Dr. Hawke will carefully aim the laser in the space between your gums and tooth roots. This laser produces a very small ray, making it extremely precise. Guided by Dr. Hawke, who has extensive training in LANAP®, the laser will target the diseased tissue, while having little to no impact on the healthy portion of your gums. The laser ray will vaporize the bacteria in the pocket causing the periodontal disease. Next, he will irrigate the periodontal pockets, washing away the calculus and plaque. Finally, the bottom of the pockets will be treated with the laser. This eliminates any residual germs that can cause infection, and also seals the gum tissue around your tooth roots.
What Are the Advantages of LANAP®?
LANAP® offers several advantages over traditional gum surgery techniques, including:
- Vaporization and elimination of pathogenic bacteria.
- Faster healing times and no need for stitches
- Reduced risk of infection and bleeding
- Reduced risk of injury to surrounding tissues
- Less chance of pain, sensitivity, and swelling
- Minimized risk of post-operative infections
- Very little downtime after treatment
- Promotion of gum tissue regeneration
LANAP® treatment, like all periodontal treatments, can have important positive outcomes for overall wellness. Periodontal disease has been linked to a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, pancreatic cancer, and pregnancy complications. Early treatment for gum disease can therefore not only protect your oral health, but your overall wellbeing.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
LANAP® is a less painful and more successful alternative to surgical techniques. If you are suffering from gum disease, you deserve the very best and most advanced care. Contact us online or call (520) 323-3842 today to learn more about innovative LANAP® and how it can restore your oral health.