Technology in dentistry is constantly evolving, providing new methods of treating a variety of oral health problems. Recently, laser dentistry has become popular as a highly accurate procedure for treating gum disease in Eden Prairie, MN.
About Gum Disease
Gum disease, which you may also know as periodontal disease, is an inflammation and infection of the gum tissue and the bone it surrounds. A serious oral health problem, it is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, smoking, genetics or a combination of the three. Symptoms include swollen, red gums, bleeding gums and pain when brushing. When left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth decay that leads to eventual tooth loss.
Treating Gum Disease with Laser Dentistry
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP™, is a non-invasive gum disease treatment that requires no cutting or stitches. Our periodontist, Dr. Andrés R. Sánchez, uses a highly accurate laser to precisely locate the diseased gum tissue and kill as much as 99 percent of the bacteria-ridden, diseased tissue. It is more effective than antibiotic treatments because the bacteria does not have the ability to adapt and defend itself against medication.
Benefits of LANAP™
Periodontists and patients alike are turning to laser dentistry for a number of reasons. Periodontists prefer it because it is faster, taking only about two hours and two follow-up visits while traditional oral surgery requires as many as four visits as well as aftercare appointments. It is also safer for patients who suffer from certain illnesses such as hemophilia or diabetes. Patients prefer LANAP™ because it is usually more comfortable and does not require suturing. The recovery period is typically less than 24 hours, and the results usually last longer.
Contact Us Today
If you suffer from gum disease in Eden Prairie, MN, contact Dr. Sánchez by calling our office at 866-910-5935.