LANAP In Phoenix:
Am I A Candidate?
Periodontitis, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious condition that affects a wide range of people. When it first manifests, it can result in the faster growth of bacteria in the mouth but, if not treated properly, it can end is multiple tooth loss as the tissue that surrounds and holds the tooth in place is destroyed.
If you believe that you have periodontal disease or your Periodontist has diagnosed it, then LANAP treatments in Phoenix might be the solution that you need to treat it. Here, we’re going to look at the problem, how LANAP can help, and whether you’re a good candidate for this treatment from a Phoenix Periodontist.
LANAP is a safe and effective treatment for most patients dealing with periodontitis.
The first, and better known, stage of periodontitis is gingivitis, also known as gum disease. This is inflammation that is caused by the presence of plaque and tartar that hasn’t effectively been cleaned away from the teeth. It can cause pain, sensitivity, bleeding, and an inflamed appearance. Gingivitis is also easier to treat, done partially through a thorough dental hygiene routine of brushing and flossing, as well as regular cleaning appointments with Dr. Trujillo.
However, if gingivitis isn’t effectively managed, it can turn into something more serious. Periodontitis is when the gums recede further from the teeth, leaving gaps open that can become infected as they are easy harbors for bacteria and plaque. The acid produced causes decay that starts to wear away at the bones and tissue holding your teeth in place. The tooth can become loose and fall out or may need to be removed as the result of an infection.
Periodontal surgery is the traditional approach to treat periodontitis when it starts to wear away at the structures surrounding the teeth. This involves Dr. Trujillo removing any gum tissue that has been infected and suturing the remaining gums back together to diminish the gaps, or pockets, that are between the teeth and the gums. As it is an invasive treatment that involves removing tissue from your mouth, it can change the appearance of your smile.
LANAP, short for laser-assisted new attachment procedure, is an alternative treatment that involves using a laser instead. It is much more effective at specifically targeting and destroying infected tissue without having to damage the healthy tissue at all. Not only does this mean that there is no visible change to your smile, but it doesn’t require as much recovery time.
A LANAP procedure offers multiple advantages over traditional periodontal surgery. For one, there is minimal discomfort during or after the treatment, with your mouth being numbed beforehand, and often no pain medication needed after. As such, you could return to your daily life very shortly after a LANAP treatment, especially since you rarely need more than one treatment. Furthermore, the laser used for LANAP procedures may also stimulate the growth of bone and tissue, which can aid your recovery even further.
Am I A Good Candidate For LANAP?
If you want to arrange a LANAP procedure with your Phoenix Periodontist, there should be few reasons that you shouldn’t be able to. It’s a safe and effective treatment for most people dealing with periodontitis. It can even be considered for those who have complicating factors such as diabetes, pregnancies, and such, that might not be suitable for surgical alternatives.
If you’re suffering from periodontitis, thinking about periodontal surgery and have pockets between your gums that are at least 5mm wide, then you might be a good candidate for a LANAP treatment. Of course, the only way to know for certain is to arrange a consultation with a Periodontist.
What To Expect From Your LANAP Treatment
If you have been told that you are a fitting candidate for a LANAP treatment, or you simply want to know what the procedure involves, here we are going to look at what you should expect.
Dr. Trujillo will begin by taking an x-ray of your mouth, seeing the location and extent of the problem. If LANAP is a suitable option after this, you will return later for the treatment. LANAP usually takes around two hours or less. Local anesthetic will be provided to ensure that any pain during the treatment is minimized. Only one side of your mouth can be treated per session, so if both sides are affected, you may need to return again.
The procedure itself works by applying the laser light of the device directly at the abscesses and pockets between the gums and teeth. It is a minimally invasive technique designed to kill bacteria and remove the infected tissue without needing to do more damage than is necessary.
Following The LANAP Procedure
Downtime following the treatment is minimal. In many cases, you may be able to return to work and your daily schedule as soon as you leave the our office, though physical activity should be limited for a few hours.
You may experience some minor bleeding or swelling, but complications are rare. If you experience anything out-of-the-ordinary, it’s recommended you get in touch with your Phoenix Periodontist as soon as possible.
Furthermore, to ensure that the results of the treatment last for as long as possible, it’s essential that you improve your oral hygiene routine and habits at home. If you’re not certain how to, ask Dr. Trujillo and they will be glad to offer clear advice that you can follow at home. Other recommendations may include sticking to a liquid diet and avoiding brushing the treated area for some time.
Get In Touch With Your Phoenix Periodontist Today
If you’re concerned that you’re suffering from periodontitis or you want to know whether or you’re a good candidate for LANAP treatment in Phoenix, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We can arrange a consultation for you in no time, get a closer look, and, if you’re a good candidate, arrange a treatment for as soon as possible. Periodontitis needs quick action, so it’s important to arrange treatment as soon as possible.
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