At Goldstein, Garber & Salama, our periodontists are highly trained and experienced in delivering effective, comfortable periodontal care. With proper intervention, we can preserve your smile and prevent further damage from periodontal disease. Contact us today to schedule your visit!
LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), also called laser gum therapy, is a new approach to periodontal treatment that's both more comfortable and convenient than traditional approaches. Normally, advanced periodontal disease is treated through a procedure called osseous surgery. This involves cutting open gum tissues to access the tooth roots, then using ultrasonic scalers to remove tartar from below the gumline.
LANAP uses high-grade medical lasers to achieve the same results without the need for cutting or stitching of the gum tissue. These lasers eliminate diseased gum tissue while protecting healthy tissue since the laser immediately cauterizes the tissue. This process also widens the pocket between the gum and tooth, providing access to the tooth roots. This means, our periodontist, Dr. Toni Salama, can use an ultrasonic scaler to clear away plaque and tartar buildup on the root.
Laser gum therapy can offer a more comfortable, convenient option for patients in need of gum treatment. If you'd like to find out if it's right for you, we'd be thrilled to help. Contact us today to learn more about the procedure or simply request your appointment online to get started. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
Anyone who needs periodontal treatment can be a candidate for laser assisted gum therapy. If you notice symptoms like redness, swelling, bleeding, or tenderness of the gums, you may have periodontal disease – and that means laser gum therapy may be right for you.
As a result of severe periodontal disease, pockets can develop between the teeth and gums over time. These pockets are often filled with plaque and unwanted bacteria. Over time, these pockets become deeper, providing a larger space for bacteria to live. As bacteria develop around the teeth, they can accumulate and advance under the gum tissue. These deep pockets collect even more bacteria, resulting in further bone and tissue loss. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth will need to be extracted.
By reducing pocket depth and eliminating existing bacteria we can prevent damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease and help you maintain a healthy smile. However, eliminating bacteria alone may not be sufficient to prevent disease recurrence. Deeper pockets are more difficult for you and your dental care professional to clean, so it's important to have them reduced. These procedures can be combined with regenerative procedures in order to spur the development of new bone tissue as well. Reduced pockets and a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance increase your chances of keeping your natural teeth and decrease the chance of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.
Sinus augmentation, also known as sinus lifts are used to prepare the upper jaw for implant placement. A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. If you've lost bone in that area due to reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss, you may be left without enough bone to place implants.
Sinus lift surgery can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants. Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus and allow for new bone to form. Your periodontist can explain your options for graft materials, which can regenerate lost bone and tissue. Depending on your individual needs, the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about 4 to 12 months before implants can be placed. After the implants are placed, an additional healing period is required. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time the sinus is augmented.
Undergoing sinus lift surgery has been shown to greatly increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come. Dr. Salama is very skilled in this procedure and will keep you informed to ensure you feel confident and at ease. every step of the way. Plus with our variety of sedation options, we can help you feel comfortable throughout the entire treatment. Many patients experience minimal discomfort during this procedure and some soreness for a few days after the procedure is normal.
Periodontal disease is actually quite common among adults. Luckily, the first stage of periodontal therapy, gingivitis, doesn't cause permanent damage unless it is left untreated. The expert periodontists at Goldstein Garber & Salama can quickly identify whether or not you have gum disease and help you get the care you need to maintain lifelong dental wellness.