LANAP Gum Surgery - Kennewick, WA

The Gentler Way to Stop Gum Disease in Its Tracks

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Restore Healthy Gums with Laser-Based Care

Many people don’t realize they have gum disease until it’s in an advanced stage and tooth loss is a serious risk. LANAP® laser dentistry provides a faster, gentler, and more reliable method for resolving issues related to periodontal disease. It is the only laser gum disease treatment that is FDA-approved and proven to promote gum tissue regeneration. At Grandridge Dental, our skilled dentists Dr. Jeff Morgan and Dr. Julian Peterson use LANAP in Kennewick, WA to promote bone regeneration around your teeth with the ultimate goal of saving them.

LANAP® laser dentistry provides a faster, gentler, and more reliable method for resolving issues related to periodontal disease.

The protocol targets and kills the bacteria that cause gum disease, removes damaged gum tissue, and reattaches healthy tissue to the tooth root surface. The sophisticated LANAP laser enables us to provide minimally invasive laser dentistry in Kennewick, WA without the pain, gum line recession, or increased sensitivity associated with traditional osseous surgery.
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Take Care of Your Gums to Protect Your Health

Gum tissue is one of the most important parts of your mouth, supporting your teeth and jawbone while creating a barrier against bacteria. The earliest stage of gum disease called gingivitis occurs when bacteria in your mouth causes gum inflammation. Good oral hygiene at home and professional dental cleanings can often reverse early gum disease. When plaque is left to accumulate on your teeth, it hardens into tartar and releases bacterial toxins that irritate gum tissue. If left untreated, your gums begin to pull away from teeth, and periodontal pockets form.
When bacteria infiltrates these pockets, this can result in an infection that damages your bone and connective tissue. Because gum disease is progressive, damage to gum tissue, bone, and teeth continues unchecked and you may lose teeth. Gum disease can also exacerbate systemic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease and has been tied to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and certain cancers. By the time patients visit our practice for gum disease treatment in Kennewick, WA, many have been living with gingivitis or more advanced stages of gum disease for some time.
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Don’t Ignore Gum Disease Symptoms

During your dental exam, we check for signs of gum disease, however, you need to be aware of the following signs and seek prompt treatment.
  • Bright red gums
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
  • Teeth that look longer than before due to gum recession
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Painful chewing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Teeth that feel loose
  • A change in your bite
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Targeted Treatment for Gum Disease

The great news is that gum disease is preventable—and curable at an early stage! Just be sure to brush and floss your teeth and have regular professional teeth cleanings and checkups. If you do require care for gum disease, we’re the team to trust. We provide multiple treatments for gum disease in Kennewick, WA, depending on the severity of your case and the stage of gum disease you’re in. We’ll begin with a consultation that includes an oral examination.

Our dentist will assess your current oral health and provide you with a customized treatment plan that reflects your unique needs. Depending in your treatment and your anxiety level we may offer calming sedation dentistry to guarantee you’re comfortable throughout your visit. With proper treatment, maintenance, and good oral health habits, gum disease doesn’t have to damage your smile again. Most importantly, a smile free from bacteria and infection helps you live an overall healthy lifestyle!

What are Gum Disease Risk Factors?

Studies indicate older adults have the highest rates of gum disease. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates more than 70% of Americans 65 and older have periodontitis. Other risk factors include:
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Chronic stress
  • Smoking/tobacco use
  • Dry mouth
  • A genetic predisposition
  • Poor nutrition and obesity
  • Hormonal changes (e.g. pregnancy-related)
  • Certain medications (e.g. oral contraceptives and anti-depressants)
  • Systemic diseases (e.g. cardiovascular disease and diabetes)

Treating Gum Disease with Laser Therapy

If you are experiencing one of the symptoms of gum disease, we encourage you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Unlike traditional osseous surgery to treat gum disease, LANAP doesn’t require scalpels, incisions, or sutures. Since LANAP involves no cutting, the risk of infection during recovery is minimal. Using the LANAP protocol, Drs. Morgan and Peterson gently wave the laser over areas of infected gum tissue to eliminate infection and harmful bacteria and close the gap between your teeth and gums so bacteria can’t enter. Laser therapy also promotes the growth of healthy new tissue. We provide many treatments for gum disease with predictable results, but many patients choose laser gum disease treatment because it offers greater comfort and faster, virtually pain-free recovery. Studies have shown that several months after LANAP treatment, most patients see a significant reduction in the depth of their periodontal pockets.

Benefits of Laser Gum Surgery

  • Gum disease treated in one to two visits
  • No need for scalpels or sutures
  • Increased comfort
  • Minimal bleeding
  • Quick recovery time
  • Little to no tooth root sensitivity

Worried about bleeding gums? Don’t delay!

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