Alva, OK LANAP ™ LASER PERIODONTAL TREATMENT | GUM DISEASE TREATMENT
LANAP™, an amazing breakthrough in periodontal treatments. If you're an Alva, OK area patient and you have been told you need scalpel and suture gum surgery, there's a laser alternative you need to learn about.
If you're like 100 million other Americans, you could be one of 50% of Americans who have periodontal disease, the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontal disease starts off as plaque, an opaque film which eventually hardens, forming tartar or calculus.
Calculus deposits harbor bacteria which infect the gums. In early stages, this is called Gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush your teeth. Many people experience bad breath and an unpleasant taste in their mouths as well. Unchecked, Gingivitis progresses to Periodontitis, a much more serious form of the disease where periodontal pockets are formed, separating teeth from the gums and supporting bone structure. Without treatment, infection becomes severe and the pockets deepen, resulting in tooth loss.
The way to repair the damage is to get rid of the infection and close the pockets. Until now, that meant surgery and sutures. But today, many dentists offer LANAP™ (LPT™), a patient-friendly, minimally-invasive procedure that’s a great improvement over standard gum surgery.
In most cases, your Alva laser dentist, Dr. Tucker, will schedule a complimentary consultation to explain how the laser works and give you a demonstration. Next, the dentist will take X-rays to make a definitive diagnoses and determine the extent of the infection. When you return for your first LPT™ treatment, you'll receive a local anaesthetic to eliminate any possible discomfort. A general anaesthetic isn't necessary, because LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY™ is much less traumatic. A tiny laser fiber (about the thickness of three hairs) is inserted between the tooth and the gum, and the infection is cleared away. The procedure is fast: It takes just two 2-hour sessions. Your dentist will treat one half of your mouth at each session...and you'll probably feel good enough to go right back to work afterwards.
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WHY IS LPT better for the treatment of gum disease?
LPT™ is about as easy as erasing a blackboard — there’s no cutting and no suturing.
There's much less discomfort with LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY than with standard surgery -- during and after the procedure.
It takes less time than traditional surgery. All it takes is two 2-hour visits to the dentist and two follow up visits. Traditional surgery requires four sessions of about one hour each, with subsequent visits for suture removal and additional check-ups.
LPT™ gives better, longer-lasting results. In fact, 98% of LPT™ treated patients remain stable after five years, while only 5% reportedly remain stable after surgery.
Your Alva dentist will probably recommend a soft diet for a day or two, and common sense should prevail, but in most cases, patients feel good enough to eat anything they want right after the procedure.
Following traditional surgery, recovery can take between to 2-4 weeks during which patients can experience considerable pain and swelling, where they may be restricted to liquid or soft diets.
There's less than 24 hour recovery period, so you won't lose time from work.
LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY™ is safe for our Alva area patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as Plavix or aspirin.
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For more information please do not hesitate to contact our Alva office today!