According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control, a whopping 50 percent of American adults have some form of gum disease, an infection that damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the tooth. Left untreated, gum loss will eventually result in tooth loss and may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other health problems.
LANAP,® or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is an advanced method of treatment for gum disease that enables certain periodontal procedures to be performed in a safer, more precise and less invasive manner than with traditional surgical methods. At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we will educate you on LANAP and determine if the procedure is right for you.
Using LANAP, cases of periodontitis can be addressed without the pain, gum line recession or increased tooth sensitivity that is often associated with other treatments that are used at this stage of periodontal disease. This technique uses a special laser to selectively vaporize the inflamed and diseased tissue beneath the gum line that is inside of a periodontal pocket, while leaving the healthy tissue intact. It also targets and skills the bacteria that cause gum disease and helps to facilitate the health reattachment of supporting tissues to the surface of the tooth’s root.
LANAP’ is a less invasive procedure compared to traditional surgical methods, and results in less pain, bleeding, gum loss and swelling. In addition, there is very little downtime and you can return to your normal routine more quickly than with other, more traditional regenerative procedures.
Committed to oral health
At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate dental care. For more information on LANAP as well as the other periodontal services we provide, give us a call today.
By Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, LTD
November 20, 2019
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