Periodontics is a dental specialty, particularly focusing on addressing the inflammatory diseases that infect and damage your gums and other supporting structures around your teeth. This field of dentistry specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of such gum diseases - most importantly, periodontitis.
Periodontitis or the severe form of gum disease can take a toll on your overall dental health. Hence, getting it treated during the early stage is essential to maintain the same.
Symptoms of Periodontitis
Given below are the signs and symptoms of periodontitis:
- Puffy gums
- Swollen gums
- Bright red or purplish gums
- Easy bleeding in the gums
- Tender gums
- Bad breath
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Bleeding during brushing or flossing
- Loss of teeth or loosening of teeth from their sockets
- Space developing between teeth
- Receding gums, making the teeth look longer than normal
- Change in bite
- Change in the fit of teeth
What are the Treatment Options of Periodontitis?
When a patient visits us to treat periodontitis, Dr. Louie, will screen your condition and understand its severity, after which the following procedures may be opted for to treat your concern:
Oral cleaning includes the removal of tartar and plaque deposits from your teeth and their roots. The procedures such as root planing and scaling are performed for oral cleaning. An ultrasonic scaling device is used to create ultrasonic vibrations which dislodge the calcified microbial deposits from the surface of teeth. They are then washed away with a jet of water.
Dr. Louie may also use medication to get rid of the infection and keep your tissues from developing reinfection. The medication is placed in the deep gum pockets that help to facilitate the healing of the tissues.
At Louie Family Dentistry, Dr. Louie uses the Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP)to extract infected oral tissues, manage loose teeth, eradicate bacteria and eliminate plaque and tartar from the patient's gumline. We employ the LANAP procedure as the standard treatment for gum disease as it can produce faster healing and more predictable results.
The Benefits of LANAP
LANAP uses the PerioLase® MVP-7™ dental laser with a specific wavelength to selectively eliminate the bacteria present in the deep gum pockets without causing any destruction to healthy gum tissues.
In LANAP laser gum therapy, Dr. Louie places a laser fiber between the patient's teeth and gums into the periodontal pocket to selectively extract the diseased tissue lining of the gums in the gum pocket and eradicate the bacteria present in it. Using an ultrasonic device, Dr. Louie will clean the roots. The area around the tooth is sealed using the LANAP laser, which helps in the formation of a clot seal that promotes the natural healing mechanism of the teeth.
Unlike the traditional treatments that remove the affected gum tissue to result in a healthy periodontal pocket depth, the LANAP laser gum therapy stops the progression of the gum disease and helps gum regeneration and repair to reduce the periodontal pocket depths.
LANAP procedure is less invasive than traditional surgery. Hence, the patient needs to deal with minimum discomfort with less downtime.
In short, the major benefits you can enjoy by undergoing LANAP procedure at Louie Family Dentistry are the following:
- Minimally invasive procedure
- No need for any incisions in the gum
- Targets infection without eliminating the healthy gum tissue
- Downtime required is less
- Superior results
- Reduced chance of infection, bleeding, and pain
Please reach out to our dental practice in Fremont, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Louie. Please call us at (510) 656-7778 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.
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