Why do I need gum surgery?
If bacteria from food debris is left to multiply on the surface of the teeth, it can spread under the gum line and create an infection known as gingivitis. Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a sometimes painful condition that causes the gums to become inflamed and receded. It can even damage the surrounding bone, lead to tooth loss or severe systemic infections, and complicate the managing of diabetes, heart disease, and pregnancy.
If conventional treatment such as manual removal or antibiotic therapy is unsuccessful, your dentist may recommend gum surgery to reduce the infection.
What is LANAP?
LANAP, which was approved by the FDA in 2004, stands for "laser-assisted new attachment procedure." Sometimes referred to as laser gum surgery, this therapeutic treatment preserves the gum tissue and can regenerate the bone, which can result in a better cosmetic appearance. Unlike traditional surgery, there are no incisions, so there is no need for a scalpel or sutures. This method is especially helpful for patients who fear dental procedures. It provides the patient with much less post-op discomfort and a quicker recovery time. The procedure itself takes much less time to complete than conventional gum surgery and has shown to have equivalent results over a five-year span.
Dr. Timko continues to stay updated on the latest in dental technology and treatments in order to provide the most relaxed, comfortable and pain-free procedures. If you're concerned about the condition of your gum tissue, contact his office today to learn how LANAP can help revive your smile.