For patients in need of gum disease treatment in Pomona, NY, a consultation with Dr. Jonathan Tiger is the place to start. Dr. Tiger will evaluate the gum recession, pocket depth and the extent of damage periodontal disease has caused to the surrounding bone. From there, treatment plan options will be discussed with the patient. It is imperative for patients to understand the difference between the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) and traditional surgery when considering their treatment options.
With traditional surgery, the doctor uses a scalpel to cut and peel back the gum tissue for visibility to thoroughly remove plaque from the tooth. After cleaning the tooth and removing the diseased tissue, the remaining healthy tissue is sutured back into place. This treatment is usually effective for reducing pocket depth, which leaves less area for the bacteria causing periodontal disease to grow. A common side effect is further gum recession.
Gum recession is a common problem after traditional surgery. The gums can recede as much as 15mm from its original position before the onset of gum disease. Along with gum recession comes more of the tooth structure being exposed. This exposure causes sensitivity to hot and cold as well as aesthetic problems.
Traditional surgery for gum disease treatment can be quite invasive and painful, often requiring pain medication and down time for healing. LANAP®, a more conservative approach to treatment, offers less pain, less bleeding and allows most patients to go right back to work and their daily lives.
LANAP® is a minimally invasive gum disease treatment surgery that does not require the use of scalpels or sutures. With the laser, Dr. Tiger is able to essentially melt away the diseased tissue while maintaining the healthy tissue. The laser is effective in killing the offensive bacteria, reducing inflammation and encouraging the tissue to reattach to the tooth structure. With this technique, patients experience very little gum recession and a speedier healing time.
Traditional surgery has offered many patients suffering with periodontal disease good long term results. LANAP® offers a less invasive gum disease treatment that reduces gum recession, sensitivity and healing time.
For gum disease treatment in Pomona, NY, call Dr. Tiger’s dental office and schedule a consultation to find out if LANAP® is the treatment for your needs.