Houston Periodontal Disease Treatment - LANAP - Laser Gum Surgery

Houston dentist, Dr. Michael J. Landry of Consultants in Dental Aesthetics provides periodontal disease treatment.  The word periodontal means “around the tooth”.  Periodontal or gum disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.  Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva.  If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar).  When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.  Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.  Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions.  Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  • Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  • New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
  • Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
  • Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
  • Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
  • Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
  • Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

LANAP- The laser alternative to traditional gum surgery

LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), is the only FDA approved laser-based treatment for gum disease.  Dr. Landry is one of a handful of dentists specifically trained and licensed  to own and operate this patient friendly technology. This laser actually helps the bone supporting your teeth to regenerate.  As a Fellow of the Academy of Advanced Laser Dentistry, Dr. Landry utilizes this less traumatic treatment for periodontal disease.  He will gently remove harmful bacteria and diseased tissue from the gums.  LANAP controls periodontal disease and makes it possible to SAVE and restore healthy teeth that may otherwise require extraction.

Benefits of LANAP

  • 24-hour recovery time
  • Less invasive than cut and sew methods
  • Greater predictability for reattachment of gum tissue AND bone regeneration
  • Little to no gum recession
  • 98% of laser treated patients remain stable after five years
  • Reduced risk of infection, decreased sensitivity and less bleeding

For all periodontal disease treatment options including LANAP laser gum surgery in Houston, Texas, contact Dr. Landry at Consultants in Dental Aesthetics today!