As one of the most technologically advanced dental practices in Arlington, TX, DFW Implant Center is proud to offer Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (known as LANAP®) for patients suffering from advanced stages of gum disease. LANAP is an FDA-approved laser treatment for periodontitis, which many dental patients do not even realize they have until it’s too late. If left untreated, periodontitis (inflammation of the gums) can lead to severe oral and general health complications.
LANAP represents the future of gum disease treatment, as it affords patients a faster, gentler, more effective form of periodontitis treatment. LANAP is also less painful than other gum disease treatments and data is showing that it is a more successful treatment option compared to traditional invasive approaches. LANAP does not use exogenous materials (i.e., growth factors, bone grafting or biologics), and it is quickly becoming a standard protocol in terms of gum disease treatment, as it targets the source of inflammation without damaging or removing healthy gum tissue.
Few people understand the importance of soft gum tissue when it comes to oral health. In addition to providing structural support for teeth and facial bone structures, the gums act as a biological barrier against invasion of foreign bacteria. Gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease, occurs when bacteria build up between the teeth, leading to periodontal pockets and eventually, full blown inflammation of the gums. Practicing quality oral hygiene is crucial in order to avoid early stages of gum disease; however, aside from poor oral hygiene, other factors can lead to gum inflammation, including:
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