Your gums are there to hold teeth in place, and when they are sick or infected, serious problems can arise. This infection is also known as gum disease. In the beginning and early stages, it is referred to as gingivitis, which worsens into periodontitis. The LANAP treatment is a procedure that helps manage periodontitis when the symptoms become severe.  

Symptoms of Gum Disease

 
Gingivitis is one of those problems that can be temporary if it is diagnosed and treated early. Some symptoms to watch for include:

·         Red or swollen gums
·         Painful chewing
·         Constant bad breath
·         Sensitive teeth
·         Teeth that appear longer
·         Receding gums
·         Tender or bleeding gums
·         Loose teeth  

However, the symptoms of periodontitis are more severe, and the effects can lead to tooth loss. Depending on the severity of your condition, he may suggest a treatment known as LANAP.  

Laser Assisted Regeneration

 
As technology advances, many dentists turn to laser surgery to offer a minimally invasive, comfortable experience for their patients. The new protocol, also known as LANAP, can regrow bone and tissue that was lost by gum disease.  

With this technology, bacteria is cleared away with laser energy and a tiny laser fiber that cleans out diseased tissue rather than healthy tissue. Over time, the tissue regenerates and regrows and there is no need for scalpels or stitches.  

This procedure is minimally invasive and, compared to traditional surgeries, is less painful and requires very little downtime after treatment with less gum loss and less sensitivity after the treatment.  
  

Learn More

 
Laser gum disease treatment can save your mouth and overall oral health. If you want to learn more about how technology has advanced in the dental field and how it can benefit you, contact Dr. Codelli today at Solid City Smiles in Atlanta, GA to schedule an appointment.