Unfortunately, many people don’t realize they have gum disease until it’s in an advanced stage and the risk of losing teeth is high. By the time patients visit our practice for gum disease treatment in Wantagh, NY, many have been living with early or more advanced stages of gum disease for some time. LANAP® (=LAR) laser dentistry provides a faster, gentler, and more reliable method for resolving issues related to periodontal disease. It’s the only evidence-based, FDA-approved method that results in true periodontal regeneration, new bone growth, and gum tissue reattachment. At South Shore Long Island Periodontics & Implantology P.C., Dr. Lois Levine and Dr. Joo Kim and his associates use LANAP® in Wantagh, NY to promote bone regeneration around your teeth with the ultimate goal of saving them. The protocol targets and kills the bacteria that cause gum disease, removes damaged gum tissue, and reattaches healthy tissue to the tooth root surface. The sophisticated LANAP® PerioLase MVP-7 laser enables our team to provide minimally invasive laser dentistry in Wantagh, NY without the pain, gum line recession, or increased sensitivity associated with traditional osseous surgery.
Understanding Gum Disease?
Having an understanding of gum disease is integral to making informed decisions that support your oral and overall health. Gum tissue is one of the most important parts of your mouth, supporting your teeth and jawbone while creating a barrier against bacteria. The earliest stage of gum disease called gingivitis occurs when bacteria in your mouth causes gum inflammation. Good oral hygiene at home and regular professional dental cleanings can often reverse early gum disease. While the number one cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene, other risk factors include:
Poor nutrition and obesity
Hormonal changes (e.g. pregnancy-related)
Certain medications (e.g. oral contraceptives and anti-depressants)
Systemic diseases (e.g. cardiovascular disease and diabetes)
Protect Your Health By Taking Care Of Your Gums
When plaque is left to accumulate on your teeth, it hardens into tartar and releases bacterial toxins that irritate gum tissue. If left untreated, your gums begin to pull away from teeth and periodontal pockets form. When bacteria infiltrates these pockets, this can result in an infection that damages your bone and connective tissue. Because gum disease is progressive, damage to gum tissue, bone, and teeth continues unchecked and you may lose teeth.
The Benefits of Laser Therapy
If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, we encourage you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible for LANAP® in Wantagh, NY. Unlike a traditional gingivectomy or osseous surgery would, LANAP® doesn’t require scalpels, incisions or sutures to treat gum disease, so the risk of infection during recovery is minimal. After numbing the area with local anesthetic, Dr. Lois Levine and Dr. Joo Kim will wave the PerioLase MVP-7 laser over areas of your infected gum tissue to eliminate infection and harmful bacteria, then closes the gap between your teeth and gums so bacteria can’t enter. Most patients at South Shore Long Island Periodontics & implantology P.C. choose LANAP® because it offers many advantages over traditional approaches. In fact, even patients that avoided dental treatment or experienced problems with traditional surgery in the past are willing to undergo LANAP® gum surgery. Studies show that several months after LANAP® treatment, most patients see a significant reduction in the depth of their periodontal pockets.
The Benefits of Laser Therapy
Gum disease treated in one to two visits
No need for scalpels or sutures
Minimal bleeding and swelling
Quick, virtually pain-free recovery
Little to no tooth root sensitivity
Less gum recession
Promotes growth of healthy tissue
Our Patients Tell The Story Best
Laser Gum Surgery
"Gum recession threatened my smile, gum surgery saved my teeth!"