September is National Gum Care Month, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your oral health the rest of the year. Proper oral hygiene is important not only for bright and healthy teeth, but also for your gums and jawbone. If you do not take care of your teeth and gums, you could develop gum disease.
An Overview of Gum Disease
Gum disease varies in severity, but in most cases it begins as gingivitis and turns into periodontitis if left untreated. Symptoms of gingivitis include red and swollen gums, gums that bleed when you brush your teeth and chronic bad breath. As the disease progresses into periodontitis, other symptoms develop, including sores, gums that separate from the teeth and loss of the teeth and jawbone. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, several options are available for treatment. One of the most popular is laser dentistry.
Benefits of Laser Surgery for Gum Disease
One of the most popular forms of laser dentistry to treat gum disease is the LANAP® protocol. Many patients who come to our dentist, Dr. Michael Neeley, choose it because it is less painful, promotes regeneration and requires less recovery time. LANAP® uses a tiny laser of varying speeds to expertly and precisely remove damaged gum tissue without causing any harm to the tissue that is still healthy. Because there is no surgical cutting, there is usually less bleeding, swelling and sensitivity during and after the procedure. In many cases, patients can return to their normal activities in just 24 hours. This makes it easier to schedule the surgery without worry of missing out on school, work assignments or important family events.
Schedule Your Consultation Appointment
Are you showing symptoms of gum disease in Dallas, TX? Schedule a consultation to see if laser dentistry is right for you by calling our office at (214) 646-8208.