In our last post we discussed the possibilities of preventing periodontal diseases naturally. However, sometimes natural remedies aren't just the final resort and you may need to undergo periodontal treatment procedures.
Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) is an effective alternative for the treatment of gum diseases. It is convenient, offers quick remedies and has a multitude of benefits over other treatment methods.
So, before we know more about it, let's see what we will find in this post today.
What Is Periodontal or Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is a long-lasting bacterial infection in the gums, which causes inflammation under the gums. If this periodontal infection is not treated, this inflammation can destroy the bone around your teeth. This can cause tooth loss. Research has revealed that about 75% of adult tooth loss is due to bacterial infections in the gums.
Reasons For Periodontal Diseases
People who are suffering from gum infection have reduced resistance to periodontal bacteria. There may be several other reasons that can cause a "burst" of activity. These include:
• Poor oral hygiene
• Dental plaque
• Genetic factors
• Stress or tension
Study On The Prevalence Of Periodontal Disease
High prevalence of periodontal disease in adolescents, adults, and older individuals makes it a public health concern. Evidence shows the association of periodontal diseases with systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Periodontal disease is likely to cause 19% increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease, and this increase in relative risk reaches to 44% among individuals aged 65 years and over.
Nazir M. A. (2017). Prevalence of periodontal disease, its association with systemic diseases and prevention. International journal of health sciences, 11(2), 72–80.
With such revelation, it's evident that everyone must make good oral hygiene practice. This will not only help you avoid gum diseases but also complex dental ailments.
Symptoms of Periodontal Diseases
Periodontal infection is generally painless, but when the infection reaches the advanced stage, you can start feeling a little bit of pain. There are some symptoms that can point toward periodontal infection. These include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Bleeding when brushing and
- Aching, itchy or tender gums.
Other symptoms include
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Change in teeth fit when you bite
- Change in the fit of partial dentures
- Spaces between teeth and loose
- Separating or protruding teeth
Suitable Treatment for Periodontal Diseases - Laser Therapy
Laser Periodontal Therapy is a conservative and noninvasive method of treating periodontal gum infections without involving cutting, suturing or removing tissue. With the help of a precision laser, 99% of bacteria can be killed that are present in the periodontal pockets. Bacteria cannot protect themselves from laser or avoid and adapt riddance.
The traditional method of treating this infection was time-consuming and painful, but laser therapy is the best treatment as it is quick and pain-free that effectively treats periodontal infections. A Periodontist has the ability to prevent, diagnose and treat periodontal disease. He first examines your mouth and then discusses findings and treatment choices.
In this treatment, a small laser fiber is introduced between the gum and the tooth. This laser beam acts straightaway on cellular structures, destroying altering DNA, changes metabolic processes, cell walls, and unglued the polysaccharide structure of the biofilm. The bacterial infection is completely removed. The cleaned pockets are then allowed to heal themselves. This is how laser therapy works. It is a very simple and quick process.
Benefits of Laser Periodontal Therapy
• You will face minimum discomfort with laser therapy as compared to the traditional method of treating periodontal infections, which involved cutting and removing tissue.
• You will get better and long-lasting results with laser treatment. It has been found that more than 95% of treated patients remain stable after therapy.
• Laser therapy takes less time than the traditional surgical method. Moreover, you don't need to visit your dentist often, but in the traditional method, you have to pay subsequent visits for suture removal.
• The recovery period of laser periodontal therapy is less than 24 hours, so you don't need to take off from your work.
• This therapy is completely safe, especially for people with health issues like HIV, diabetes, hemophilia, etc.
It has been found that there are different types of periodontal infections that cannot be treated with traditional methods. Laser therapy is considered as a new and effective alternative to treat chronic periodontitis.
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