Gum disease, otherwise known as
periodontitis, develops once excessive bacteria starts to accumulate within the
mouth. If not promptly treated, it can eventually lead to more detrimental problems
with the surrounding gum tissue, as well as result in tooth loss.
The Stages of Gum Disease
It is important to keep in mind that
periodontitis is a progressive disease. In the initial stages, gingivitis
will develop and plaque will
cause inflammation to the gums, inducing bleeding when the teeth are brushed.
However, at this stage, no irreversible damage has occurred.
If the gingivitis
is not treated immediately, it will inevitably and
progressively become periodontitis. When this occurs, the inner layer of the
gums and bone structure of the jaw begin to recede from the surrounding teeth.
When this happens, pockets form accumulating debris, ultimately increasing the
risk for infection exponentially. This
infection will continue to worsen, if not treated promptly, and begin to extend
past the gum line.
Understanding the LANAP® Procedure
When gum disease in Atlanta, GA
develops, one beneficial way to treat it
is by utilizing the LANAP® procedure. This procedure is beneficial because the
laser can distinguish between the diseased tissue and the healthy tissue within
the mouth, which ultimately results in less pain and discomfort for the
patient. When this procedure is performed, the following steps are taken:
The infected pockets near the gum line
A laser is applied to the infected gums
in order to eradicate the bacteria.
Any remaining calculus on the teeth is
removed. During this stage of the process, ultra-sonic scalers will likely be
A clot is created with the laser and
the gum tissue is compressed.
The teeth near the infected gums are
adjusted, in order to ensure that a considerable amount of trauma has not occurred.
you would like to inquire about more information regarding ideal candidacy for
this procedure, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr.
Gregg Codelli. You can reach our office by calling (678) 389-7604.
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