Treatments for Gum Disease
I have treated numerous patients with gum disease. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an inflammation driven process that destroys the supporting bone and soft tissues around teeth. In the early stage of disease patients can respond quite well to the having a deep cleaning. Because periodontal disease is a chronic condition, affected patients are generally seen at a 3 month interval for a check-up and periodontal maintenance, or a cleaning for patients with gum disease.
In patients with more progressed disease the initial therapy may be inadequate to remove their inflammation associated pocketing and bleeding. Their next step is routinely osseous surgery. Osseous surgery is a technique used to not only remove disease causing calculus from the root surface, but also modifies the underlying bone to remove deformities that were caused by gum disease. The goal is to better create a healthy, cleanable foundation for supporting the patient’s teeth. There are some side effects worth mentioning. The number one complaint I have seen from patients following osseous is post-operative recession, or when the gums slightly recede following treatment. This can result in opening of small black triangles between teeth near the gum line. Sensitivity is associated with the recession. In the smile (esthetic) zone osseous surgery is not my preferred route of treatment.
Treat Advanced Gum Disease Without Surgery
My search for a better alternative to addressing gum disease led me to LANAP® . LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. Using light energy from the PerioLase® MVP-7™ and their patented technique, LANAP is able to not only remove calculus from root surfaces but can promote periodontal regeneration. In plain terms, the LANAP protocol allows the body to heal itself and make new bone and supporting structures around previously diseased tooth surfaces. The PerioLase MVP-7 is the only laser on the market that bears the FDA seal for proven scientific regeneration of tooth supporting structures lost through gum disease.
The beauty about this technique is that is not surgery. There is no cutting. There is no sewing. There is no fear. Since adopting this in my practice I find patients to see results immediately following treatment. More importantly, they are able to return to their daily lives without pain, recession, or sensitivity. It has been a game changer for those who truly want to treat their periodontal disease but are in fear of surgery.
Dr. J’Nelle Delica is the Harvard Trained, Board Certified, Periodontal and Implant Surgeon with the Delicate Touch. Her practice, Delicate Periodontics & Implant Surgeon, is located in Wellington, Florida. Patients in her practice enjoy having open conversations to better understand their dental conditions with treatment in a state-of-the-art practice.