Periodontal Disease Treatment
If you’re one of the 64.7 million Americans with gum disease, periodontal disease treatment can prevent further damage and preserve your oral health. At Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, Texas, Afshin Vahadi, DDS, Vafa Mirshams, DDS, and the experienced team provide periodontal disease treatment using the advanced LANAP protocol. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office today.
Periodontal Disease Treatment Q & A
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection. It’s caused by plaque, a thin film that consists of saliva, food particles, and bacteria. There are several types of gum disease, but the most common are gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis causes your gums to appear red, swollen, and irritated. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, it’s likely due to gingivitis.
Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. It causes the inner layer of your gums to pull away from your teeth, forming pockets. When left untreated, periodontitis can lead to loose teeth, tooth sensitivity, and ultimately, tooth loss.
What is periodontal disease treatment?
Periodontal disease treatment is a group of procedures used to prevent gum disease from getting worse. At Lone Star Dental Care, the team uses the LANAP protocol. The LANAP protocol uses laser technology to eradicate infection and disease from between your teeth and underneath your gum line.
During treatment, your Lone Star Dental Care provider inserts a tiny laser fiber between your teeth and gums. The laser eliminates tartar and plaque and creates a stable blood clot, sealing each pocket. This process limits pain and speeds up your body’s natural healing process.
What are the benefits of periodontal disease treatment?
Periodontal disease treatment with the LANAP protocol presents a variety of advantages over traditional techniques, including:
- Less postoperative pain
- Quicker recovery times
- Fewer treatment sessions
- Improved patient outcomes
In addition, periodontal disease treatment with LANAP is safe for almost anyone. It’s incredibly effective at treating both mild and moderate gum disease.
Does periodontal disease treatment take several appointments?
At Lone Star Dental Care, the team performs LANAP treatment over the course of two appointments spaced several weeks apart. At each session, your dentist treats half of your mouth under local anesthesia. Following treatment, you’re able to drive yourself home and return to routine activities right away.
What is recovery like following periodontal disease treatment?
After periodontal disease treatment, it’s normal to experience some tooth sensitivity, swelling, and minor discomfort. Follow your dentist’s recovery instructions carefully and take any medication as prescribed.
In the first several days after your appointment, eat soft foods like Jell-O, soup, and mashed potatoes, and attend all follow-up appointments. If possible, try to avoid smoking or drinking alcohol as well.
To learn more about periodontal disease treatment with LANAP, schedule an appointment at Lone Star Dental Care. Book a consultation online, or call the office today.