Advanced laser therapy for gum disease-LANAP | Laser Dentistry in Cupertino

Cupertino Family & Implant Dental Center offers advanced laser dentistry in Cupertino to treat gum and periodontal diseases with no scalpels, no sutures, and minimal discomfort.

LANAP – Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure – is the only FDA-cleared laser treatment for pain-free gum disease treatment.

What is Gum Disease?

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Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a disease of the gums and the surrounding bone that hold the teeth in function. Gum disease starts as gingivitis, which is caused by bacteria infiltrating into the pockets around the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis. As gum disease progresses into the advanced stage, it can lead to infection and tooth loss.

Gum disease symptoms:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating food
  • Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing them to look longer than before
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus or sores in your gums or mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit or your partial dentures

 

How Does Gum Disease Effect Your Health?

Gum disease, although it can cause acute infection and abscess, is a chronic, inflammatory disease that affects your overall health. Periodontitis has increased the risk and morbidity of multiple diseases including heart disease, diabetes, low birth weight, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and many others. A recent stud in the Journal of Periodontology indicated patients with periodontitis have almost 9 times the risk of death from a COVID infection. This is because periodontitis keeps your body at a constant high level of inflammation that contributes to the development and severity of other inflammatory diseases.

What is LANAP Therapy?

47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. 70.1% of adults 65 years and older experience similar infections and inflammation related to periodontal disease, a clear indication that the effects of this issue increase with age.

Traditional therapies used to address gum disease look to cut and removin the infected tissue area, followed by gum sutures to decrease pocket depth between gums and teeth. By doing so, patients experience immense pain and swelling after the surgery.

LANAP uses a highly specialized laser device, PerioLase MVP-7, to target and kill all relevant bacteria causing the patient’s gum disease. The process also removes infected gum tissue areas to facilitate the reattachment of healthy tissue.

LANAP is less invasive than traditional gum treatment, and patients can return to work the same day.

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Laser Dentistry at Cupertino Family & Implant Dental center

Our dentists near you at Cupertino Family & Implant Dental Center are certified LANAP clinicians. LANAP therapy is a safe and effective treatment option to treat your gum disease successfully and as a result, maintain good oral and general health.

If you want to discover more about the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, please call or make an appointment online for a consultation. We are here to help you have a healthy smile. Contact us today to learn more.

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