Dental surgery can be a scary concept, especially if you struggle with anxiety at the dentist. But if you need treatment for gum disease, there can be a different solution to repairing damage that doesn’t involve a typical surgery.
With over 80% of people suffering from it in some way, gum disease is one of the most common diseases in the United States. This condition is usually treated with gum surgery, but, with laser treatments gaining popularity, there are other options.
At Dental Specialists of New Jersey, we offer state-of-the-art laser surgery called LANAP® in order to give you an alternative when it comes to treating your gum disease.
What is gum surgery and why is it necessary?
Gum surgery is used to treat any type of gum disease. It can be used to treat gingivitis that is mild and typically causes redness, swelling, and bleeding, or it can treat periodontitis that is much more advanced and can cause loss of bone and tissue.
Signs of gum disease can also include:
- A receding gum line.
- Spaces between teeth and gums.
- Loss of permanent teeth.
If your gums are swollen, tender, and red, it’s a good indicator that you have some type of gum disease. If you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional surgical procedure, LANAP is an excellent option.
How LANAP works
LANAP — short for laser-assisted new attachment procedure — is a minimally invasive laser surgery that treats gum disease. It uses lasers to remove diseased gum tissues while also enhancing your body’s ability to heal itself. It helps your body to grow new cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone, which are all needed for optimal oral function.
The benefits of LANAP over traditional gum surgery
There are many reasons why LANAP could be the best treatment choice for you. These are just some of the pros to choosing this laser treatment:
- Less discomfort
- Reduced risk of side effects
- Highly effective results
- Faster healing
- Less dental anxiety
- Less bleeding
- Less postoperative pain
- Quicker recovery time
- Tissue stays intact
- No foreign materials
Only 3% of people with gum disease will get it treated, and most people avoid it due to fear of surgery. LANAP provides an excellent alternative to traditional scalpel surgery. It works to regenerate bone and tissue and completely reverse the effects of gum disease.
The bottom line
If you’re struggling against the side effects of gum disease, it’s wise to seek treatment. Gum disease can lead to infection or loss of teeth and bone.
If you’d like to consider LANAP or want more information on this procedure, you can call our Verona or Westfield, New Jersey office or book an appointment online today.