Gum disease is extremely common despite the fact that it is easily preventable and curable for most people. Bleeding and tenderness of the gums are early signs of gingivitis that can worsen to more serious gum disease over time if left untreated. Gum disease even shows some connections to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are exceedingly important to prevent gum disease from worsening and leading to serious medical problems. Dr. Kiya Green is an expert at treating gum disease and teaching patients how to prevent it from recurring. Depending on your individual case, Dr. Green many recommend one of several possible procedures to treat gum disease.
LANAP® Laser Technique
One possible treatment Dr. Green may recommend for patients with gum disease is the LANAP® laser technique. Traditional periodontal treatment involves surgical incisions to remove affected tissue, but the LANAP® protocol is a gentler alternative that is still extremely effective. This procedure is minimally invasive and uses a laser to remove infections of the gums without harming healthy tissue. In many cases, a single treatment of the LANAP® technique can eliminate up to 90 percent of inflammation. The LANAP® treatment is cleared by the FDA and is proven safe and effective. Most of Dr. Green’s patients experience minimal discomfort and a quick recovery time.
Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
Patients with significant gum recession and tissue loss may require a more serious treatment option. Traditional treatment involves grafting healthy tissue from other parts of the mouth onto the gums. The advanced Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST™) is a minimally-invasive alternative. This technique involves repositioning healthy gum tissue to recessed areas. It does not involve incisions or sutures, so recovery is usually quick with minimal discomfort. PST™ also offers patients immediate cosmetic benefits.
Gum disease can lead to serious medical issues if left untreated. Fortunately, it is easily treatable in most cases, and Dr. Green uses the most advanced techniques to minimize pain and recovery time. Contact our office today for an examination and consultation to treat your gum disease and restore your dental health.