Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a very serious dental health problem which can eventually lead to bone loss and tooth loss. In the meantime, you can suffer with chronic bad breath, unsightly gums and pain. Integrated Dental Aesthetics, in the Kinnelon, NJ area, is one of the few practices to offer a minimally invasive treatment for advanced gum disease that actually encourages bone regeneration.
The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, an inflammation of your gum tissue caused by infection. Although you may not notice any early symptoms, symptoms can include:
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath (halitosis)
Progression of Gum Disease
As gum disease progresses, pockets form between your teeth and gums. The bacteria that get into these pockets cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone, and the pockets continue to expand deepen. Early on, when the pockets are still small, deep cleaning at your dentist’s office can remove the tartar and bacteria from these pockets and start the healing process.
If gum disease is allowed to progress, bone loss begins. At this point, periodontal surgery is necessary to get rid of the pockets where the bacteria thrive. In the past, and still today in many practices, this surgery involves cutting the gum tissue away with a scalpel to eliminate the pocket. However, Integrated Dental Aesthetics offers a minimally invasive laser procedure that preserves your gum tissue without scalpels or sutures.
Dr. Robert Logan is one of only three dentists in New Jersey licensed by Millennium Dental Technologies to perform the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP™). He uses the special Periolase ® MVP-7 NdYag laser to remove the diseased tissue and bacteria from inside the pocket. The laser seals the gum to the tooth, eliminating the pocket without having to cut back the gum line.
LANAP™ is the first FDA-approved procedure which has shown bone regeneration.
Consequences of Gum Disease
Left untreated, gum disease can rob you of your natural teeth. If that is not bad enough, the bacteria can get into your bloodstream and cause serious, and even deadly, health conditions. Consequences of gum disease can include:
- Bone loss
- Tooth loss
- Premature aging
- Dental pain
Gum disease has also been linked to:
- Heart disease
- Problems with pregnancy, including premature birth and low fetal weight
To learn more about gum disease and its treatment, or to schedule your complimentary consultation, please contact Integrated Dental Aesthetics, in Kinnelon, New Jersey, today.