910 W Ironwood Dr. | Coeur D Alene, ID 83814

Formerly Laser Dentistry of Coeur d'Alene

   
 

208.667.1154

 
   
     
 
         
 

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ADVANCED
FAMILY
DENTISTRY

910 W Ironwood Dr. Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
Phone: 208.667.1154

 

 

 

 

 

LASER GUM SURGERY - ADVANCED FAMILY DENTISTRY

In dentistry, we often see patients who are primarily concerned with the health and appearance of their teeth. While strong teeth are vital to your oral health, the health of your gums should not be overlooked. The gums and teeth are intricately connected when it comes to achieving your best smile. When your gums suffer from disease, your teeth suffer as a result. In fact, periodontal disease has been associated with diabetes, heart disease, stroke and birth complications in pregnant women. At Advanced Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to treating periodontal disease proactively. We achieve this goal through our state-of-the-art LANAP® gum treatment in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

WHAT IS LANAP®?

LANAP® stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. This technology allows us to completely eradicate the bacteria that cause periodontal disease and to reattach the gums more securely to the tooth. This is a less painful and more effective alternative to gum surgery in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Our patients leave our office with restored gums when they take advantage of LANAP®.

WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE

Your gums are an incredibly important structure- they hold your teeth and oral structures in place. Therefore, keeping them healthy and strong is the foundation of optimal oral health. Your gums can become infected when bacteria invade the tiny, hard to reach areas between your gums and your teeth, this infection is called periodontal disease. When left untreated, the infection can cause the gums to change color, swell, and loosen their grip on your teeth.

SYMPTOMS OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Gum disease is characterized by two different levels: gingivitis and periodontitis. The first stage, gingivitis, often exhibits no pain or obvious signs. However, if untreated it can produce the following:

  • Sensitivity in the gums and teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Swollen gums
  • Red gums instead of pink gums
  • Receding gums
  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding in gums during brushing or flossing  
 

PERIODONTAL DISEASE LEFT UNTREATED

If left untreated, gum disease can lead to a multitude of health issues. Below are some of the disease and health problems that can arise when gum disease is not treated immediately:

  • Loss of teeth
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Birth complications
 

HOW DOES LANAP® TREAT GUM DISEASE ?

The LANAP® process is simple but effective in ridding the mouth of unhealthy gum tissue.

The first step requires numbing the area that is being treated. Once the gums are numbed, Dr. Kent Mosby will use a laser to remove damaged tissue deep within the inner pocket lining. The advantage of laser dental technology is that damaged tissue is removed, but any healthy tissue is left intact to minimize swelling and pain effects of LANAP®.

As more tissue is removed, the inner pocket lining loosens and opens allowing Dr. Mosby to use dental tools and break up any deposits that have formed on the tooth root.

Once all the bacteria have been removed, Dr. Mosby uses a different setting of the laser to seal off the tissue and form a blood clot. This ensures fast and safe healing, decreasing the chance of infection and keeping swelling to a minimum.

As the healing process continues, new tissue forms and attaches to the gums. This new attachment is stronger and more secure than before. 

 

DOES IT HURT?

As with any gum surgery, our LANAP® procedure can result in some discomfort. LANAP® however, compared to traditional periodontal disease, LANAP® is much more comfortable, visually appealing and faster. We always make sure that adequate anesthesia is used to ensure the patient’s comfort throughout the entire procedure. While there may be sensitivity in the days following, patients do not feel pain during the procedure.

 

LANAP® HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR GUMS AFTER LANAP®

The first few days following the procedure, gums will be slightly tender. This is normal and will disappear after a few days. As the healing continues, the gums will regrow and attach back to the tooth even stronger than before. To prevent periodontal disease from returning it is important to brush and floss everyday. Also, we recommend seeing your dentist every 3 to 6 months. The more frequently a dentist is able to perform deep cleanings, the easier it is to rid the gums of dangerous bacteria and keep gum disease at bay.

Gum disease is characterized by two different levels: gingivitis and periodontitis. The first stage, gingivitis, often exhibits no pain or obvious signs. However, if untreated it can produce the following:If you are exhibiting the signs of periodontal disease, do not wait until the condition worsens. Treating the gums quickly means the difference between maintaining overall health or succumbing to various diseases and health issues. If you are looking for gum disease treatment in Coeur d’Alene, ID, trust Dr. Kent Mosby to restore your gums and your smile with laser dentistry. For more information on this procedure or to schedule your appointment, visit our office or call us today at 208.667.1154.

 
 
         
   

910 W Ironwood Dr. | Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
Phone: 208.667.1154

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