If you have any of the symptoms of periodontitis or advanced gum disease, you must come in for a gum disease screening with Dr. Frederick Olden as soon as possible. Dr. Olden offers an innovative laser alternative to gum surgery and treats patients with the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®). When seeking gum disease treatment, it is important to understand the key differences between traditional surgery and LANAP®.
Traditional Gum Surgery vs. LANAP®
Traditional surgery has been used to treat and manage periodontal disease for many years, but it is no longer considered to be the most effective gum disease treatment. With traditional surgery, the periodontist has to lift and roll the gum tissue back to remove any diseased tissue or bacteria. In some cases, bone grafting is needed to reattach the gums to the root of the tooth. Stitches or sutures are often necessary to hold the gum tissue against the tooth, and traditional surgery inevitably removes both healthy and unhealthy gum tissue. While the bacteria and infected tissue are effectively removed, patients often experience receding gums, bleeding, and exposure of the tooth root during recovery.
LANAP® is an alternative to gum surgery and has revolutionized the way periodontists like Dr. Olden treat gum disease. Dr. Olden uses the PerioLase® MVP-7™ to target and eliminate diseased tissue and bacteria while leaving the healthy gum tissue in the area untouched. This is a minimally invasive procedure because no scalpels are used, and no sutures are required. Patients tend to heal faster with LANAP® and the procedure provides more predictable results and long term benefits. LANAP® can reverse many of the effects of gum disease, including bleeding gums and other symptoms of periodontal disease.
Learn more about gum disease treatment for Highland Park, TX and the laser alternative to traditional gum surgery by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Olden today!