LANAP® Laser Treatment in New Braunfels, TX
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by bacteria living under the gums that produce toxins. The body responds to these toxins by destroying the bone structure that supports the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can progress to the point where teeth become mobile and may be lost. Periodontal intervention is imperative, since there is no cure for this condition. The effects of gum disease can be far reaching and can include heart problems, breathing problems, strokes, and diabetes. Since this condition can affect other areas of your overall health and can occur at any time, it is important to maintain regular dental visits and be screened for this condition. Gum disease can be arrested and controlled, however, preventing further progression of bone loss. If your situation has moderately to severely progressed, Dr. Smith and Dr. Cole may recommend a periodontal (gum) therapy known as the Laser-Assisted-New-Attachment-Procedure (LANAP®).
LANAP® is often preferred over traditional periodontal surgery in the treatment of moderate to severe periodontal disease, or gum disease. LANAP® employs a digital dental laser called Periolase® MVP-7 that gently removes the infected portions of the soft tissue within the space between the teeth and gums. A local anesthetic is provided for comfort, but no cutting of the gums occurs, as with traditional periodontal flap surgery. Dr. Smith and Dr. Cole are LANAP® certified and have treated many patients successfully with this method.
If you believe that you may have gum disease and are seeking gum disease treatment in New Braunfels, TX, contact Dr. Smith and Dr. Cole today to see if you are a candidate for LANAP®.
At Smith & Cole Laser and Family Dentistry, we believe in providing exceptional care in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Our doctors, Dr. Todd Smith and Dr. Michael Cole, are experts in their field and strive each day to make patients feel at ease while transforming their smiles. Our office is proud to serve patients from New Braunfels, TX as well as the surrounding areas. We offer a variety of treatment options including the LANAP Laser Treatment, Dental Implants, Sleep Apnea, TMJ, Sedation, Pediatric Dentistry, and CEREC Same Day Crowns. Call (830) 387-2852 to schedule your appointment or click here to request an appointment online!