Traditional vs Laser Gum Disease Treatment
For patients in need of gum disease treatment in La Crosse, WI, a consultation with Dr. Dan Gholson is the place to start. Dr. Gholson will evaluate for gum recession, periodontal pocket depths, and the extent of damage that periodontal disease has caused to the surrounding bone. From there, treatment plan options will be discussed. It is important for patients to understand the difference between the gum surgery alternative, Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®), and traditional surgery when considering their treatment options.
With traditional surgery, a scalpel is used to cut the gum tissue so that it can be pulled back for visibility. This enables thorough removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth. After cleaning the tooth and removing diseased tissue, the remaining healthy tissue is sutured back into place. This treatment is usually effective for reducing pocket depths, which leaves less area for the bacteria causing periodontal disease to grow. Common side effects, however, are further gum recession and sensitive teeth.
Gum recession is a common problem after traditional surgery. This condition results in more of the tooth structure being exposed, particularly the root. Root exposure often causes sensitivity to hot and cold as well as aesthetic problems. In addition, exposed roots are at a higher risk of developing decay.
Traditional surgery for gum disease treatment can be quite invasive and could be painful. Prescription pain medication might be needed and there will be some down time for healing. The gum surgery alternative, LANAP®, offers a conservative approach to treatment with minimal pain and side effects and allows most patients to go right back to their daily life activities.
LANAP® is a minimally invasive gum disease treatment surgery that does not require the use of scalpels or sutures. With the laser, Dr. Gholson is able to essentially melt away the diseased tissue while maintaining the healthy tissue. The laser is effective at destroying the harmful bacteria, reducing inflammation, and encouraging the tissue to reattach to the tooth structure. With this technique, patients experience very little gum recession resulting from treatment and a speedier healing time.
Traditional surgery has offered those suffering from periodontal disease good long term results. LANAP®, a gum surgery alternative, offers a minimally invasive gum disease treatment that reduces side effects, discomfort, and healing time.