No one wants loose teeth and have an imperfect smile. Fortunately, there are ways to combat gum disease, also known as periodontal gum disease or gingivitis, and you can once again have a healthy mouth and beautiful smile. If you’re worried about having to go through gum surgery, you don’t need to worry any longer.
The LANAP® Protocol, the first-ever patented periodontal laser procedure is not a “disease management” or “laser soft care” technique. Designed by clinicians for clinicians, it is the revolutionary breakthrough in patient periodontal care for True Regeneration.
About 60 percent of all Americans, roughly 100 million people, are suffering from gum disease which can cause health issues such as heart disease if left untreated. Unfortunately, many people would rather lose a tooth than go through gum surgery. In fact, only about 4 percent of patients with periodontal gum disease end up following through with gum surgery.
Gums disease begins when a film called plaque accumulates on the teeth and calcium from saliva hardens the plaque — this calcified plaque is called tartar or calculus. Certain types of germs that live in this plaque and calculus damage gum tissue. Your body tries to fight this infection with an inflammatory attack, sending white blood cells to the area to destroy the bacteria. This inflammation causes the tissue to bleed easily when you brush or floss. This stage of the condition is called Gingivitis.
If the infection and inflammation persist the result is a chronic inflammatory condition where, in addition to the gums, ligament and bone around the teeth are destroyed — often with no symptoms. At this stage it is called Periondontitis.
Before you start looking for Fort Myers periodontal gum disease treatment, you’ll first need to determine if what you’re experiencing is periodontal disease. Unfortunately, gum disease can be difficult to spot early on. It’s not until the disease has progressed to the advanced stage that people begin to notice symptoms. Symptoms that include red, swollen, and tender gums, bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, gums that are receding and making your teeth appear longer, loose teeth, pus coming from the gums or sores in the mouth, bad breath, or a change in how the teeth fit together. If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms then you might have gum disease.
The laser fiber is inserted between the gum and tooth, without cutting the gums. The laser light energy targets the source of the inflammation without hurting or removing any healthy gum tissue. This helps to slow or stop attachment loss and decrease pocket depth, and allowing the body to recover from the chronic infection without the need for scalpel or sutures. The gums are not cut to reduce pocket depth. The tops of your teeth (biting surface) are adjusted to keep from hitting your other teeth.
The LANAP laser is simply the best option out there for gum disease treatment. You don’t have to worry about any pain or recovery time, making it the perfect option for just about anyone.
The effects of gum disease go well beyond tooth loss. New studies are emerging linking oral and overall health. Gum disease has been linked to Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer, Herpes, HIV, and autoimmune disorders.
Gum disease is a condition that as many as 85% of Americans suffer with, and yet peoples’ reaction to finding out they have it is often underwhelming. What many people aren’t aware of is the connection between gum disease and countless other serious conditions. Learning about the links between gum disease and these other “scarier” diseases, as well as the overall importance of oral health, is key to ensuring people change their lifestyle habits to improve their gums and general health.
Here are a few of the connections that have been suggested between gum disease and other illnesses and conditions.
Heat Disease • Cancer • Heart Disease • Diabetes • Arthritis • Alzhelmer’s • Osteoporosis • COPD