More than half the adult population will develop gum disease at some point in their lives. More than an oral health concern, gum disease has been linked to medical conditions as serious as cardiovascular disease. Boulder Valley Dental Health Center offers state-of-the-art laser LANAP treatment for gum disease. Louisville dentist Dr. Tracey Hughes encourages patients with any stage of gum disease to visit the dentist as soon as possible.
Gum Disease Explained
To understand why it is so important to treat gum disease it is important to understand what gum disease is. Gum disease starts as plaque and grows into a full infection of the gums. Plaque hardens forming tartar. Tartar houses bacteria that moves into the gums and spreads. Early states of gum disease are referred to as gingivitis. If untreated, gingivitis develops in periodontitis. At this point pockets can form around the base of teeth and may begin to weaken the gum structure. Once weakened, gums can not properly hold teeth in place and the risk of tooth loss increases. Periodontitis can be cause discomfort, bleeding and swelling of the gums. Untreated gum disease increases patients risk for developing Alzheimer’s, stroke, Parkinson’s and heart attacks.
Once the only treatment for gum disease was gum surgery. Gum surgery was painful, required significant patient downtime and many patients feared the process. Dr. Hughes is proud to offer LANAP. The most modern in gum disease treatment, LANAP is a laser that can remove the gum infection. Dr. Hughes is highly trained in the LANAP treatment procedure. She offers her patients the experience and precision needed for optimal oral health.
LANAP is a very small laser fiber that gets inserted in between the gum and the tooth. Only about three hairs thick the laser fiber eliminates the bacteria that is in the gums. LANAP can stop the gum disease causing bacteria.
Benefits of LANAP
- No Cutting
- No Stitches
- Less discomfort during procedure
- Less discomfort post procedure
- Quicker recovery time
- Long-lasting results
LANAP can be performed by Dr. Hughes in the comfort of our Louisville, CO dentist office. In just 2- 2 hour visits, your gum disease can be under control and the healing process can begin. Dr. Hughes will work with you to choose the best treatment plan for your gum disease. Contact Boulder Valley Dental Health Center to schedule your appointment today.Back to Uncategorized Page