Lasers offer hope for people with advanced gum disease

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of the people in the U.S. who are 30 or older have periodontitis. Laser treatment is one option patients with advanced gum disease can explore.

Throughout your life, you’ve probably heard about the importance of brushing your teeth and keeping your mouth clean. Your dentist likely encourages you to floss more each time you visit. Despite the constant reminders, it’s still very common for Americans to develop gum disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of the people in the U.S. who are 30 or older have periodontitis. This is an advanced form of gingivitis, which is characterized by red and swollen gums. As the disease progresses to periodontitis, the gums separate from the teeth, possibly resulting in tooth loss. Some studies show that periodontitis can lead to other serious health problems like heart disease and diabetes.

Due to the severity of gum disease, the professionals at Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery recommend that you schedule a dental examination as soon as possible if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Gums that look like they are pulling away from your teeth
  • Teeth that appear longer than usual


If your dentist determines that your gum disease has progressed to the level of periodontitis, don’t lose hope. LANAP protocol is a form of laser treatment that is approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). It’s also the only treatment that’s scientifically proven to actually restore gum tissue and bone.

This treatment is designed for more advanced versions of gum disease, and it is a desirable option for a variety of reasons.

  1. There are no incisions, and there’s no need for stitches.
  2. Healthy gum tissue isn’t damaged or added to the diseased site.
  3. The chance of infection is low.
  4. Recovery time is quicker than traditional surgery.
  5. Root exposure and sensitivity are reduced.
  6. The cost is usually comparable to traditional surgery, although patients should consult their insurance and their dental office about specific charges.


During the LANAP procedure, the doctor will measure the pocket depth around each tooth to determine the stage of periodontitis. An ultrasonic scaler is used to clean the tartar and plaque at the site. The laser reduces the bacteria in the area in minutes. Afterward, the body naturally heals the gums and regenerates healthy tissue.

Prevention is the best policy when it comes to gum disease. If you’re having problems with your gums, immediate treatment is recommended so that the problem doesn’t advance into later stages. Speak with your dentist to determine if LANAP is right for you.

Valley OMS maintains a high standard for performance, safety, and personalized care. They offer the LANAP procedure as well as a variety of other services. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can visit their website.

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