Healthy gums are important to overall oral health. Periodontal disease is painless and progresses slowly while destroying the important bony structures that support teeth. Regular checkups and proper oral hygiene are key to keeping gums healthy and ensuring that teeth will last a lifetime. We think it is very important, and take great pride, to help patients maintain healthy gums and soft tissues and treat patients who have periodontal disease to prevent further damage to their teeth and bones.
At Central Texas Dental Care we use the LANAP® protocol to treat gum disease.
Research indicates that more than 50% of American adults have gum disease. These infections below the gum line can not only be harmful to your oral health, but has been linked to many other health problems – from heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pre-term babies. Despite the numbers, only a small percentage of adults get necessary treatment for gum disease. In many cases, this is because traditional gum disease treatment options involve cutting the gum tissue or extracting teeth.
The LANAP protocol uses lasers, so there is no cutting and suturing required. Typically, this treatment method results in less pain and discomfort during and after the procedure, compared to traditional periodontal surgery. The LANAP protocol helps you get healthy comfortably, and without fear since it is usually less invasive than traditional surgery and helps maintain a beautiful smile line.
The LANAP® protocol can only be performed using the specific wavelength PerioLase® MVP-7™ dental laser which vaporizes bacteria deep within gum pockets while leaving healthy tissue intact. We use this gum disease treatment because patients enjoy fast healing times and more predictable results.