Periodontics is a special branch of dentistry that is completely devoted to the study and treatment of the structures that support your teeth, including your gums. When these support structures become unhealthy, it can lead to a number of oral health problems. Here at Buckner Family Dental our staff is well-trained in periodontics and can help ensure that your teeth remain healthy.
As stated above, periodontics treats the supporting structures of your teeth. These structures include the periodontal ligament, alveolar bone, cementum, and your gums. These structures can become diseased when bacterial plaque accumulates on the teeth and gums, and over time can destroy these support structures. If left untreated periodontal disease can lead to gum, bone, and tooth loss. If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease in the past, it is important that you seek treatment right away.
In the past, the treatment for periodontal disease could be uncomfortable, and often required surgery. Today, advancements in dental laser technology have led to the development of the LANAP procedure, which is safer, less painful, and has a shorter recovery time than traditional periodontal surgery.
During the LANAP procedure, a tiny laser is inserted between your tooth and the tum. This laser is only about as thick as three hairs, and is used to clean the periodontal infection away. The entire process usually takes only two visits lasting about two hours each. Recovery from each procedure generally takes less than a day, and many patients report that they feel well enough to return to work right afterward. Unlike traditional treatments, there is no cutting or suturing involved.
One of the main benefits of the LANAP therapy is the treatment’s safety. Unlike other traditional treatments, LANAP is safe for patients who suffer from hemophilia, or for those who are on high blood pressure medications such as Coumadin or other blood thinners. LANAP is also safe for those with other health concerns, such as diabetes. Because no cutting or sutures are involved, this procedure does not require the use of a general anesthetic, and you will be much more comfortable both during and following the procedure.
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, but have avoided the treatment for any reason, wait no longer. Periodontal disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in the United States, and can lead to a number of other dental and oral health problems. At Buckner Family Dental, we offer the LANAP procedure as a safe, more comfortable alternative to traditional treatments and can get your gums healthy once again. Call our office today for a one-on-one consultation with our caring and professional staff. They can answer any questions and address any concerns you may have regarding your treatment, or follow-up and after-care procedures. Our Dallas dentist Jaime Osorio DDS is ready to answer any question you have about periodontal disease.