Published: 07/08/2015

Gum disease is a health condition that affects millions of people in the United States; in fact, many people are affected by this condition and are unaware of just how serious it actually is. Also known as periodontal disease, this condition can lead to complex oral health concerns and can pose a danger to people who are already ill. The best defense against periodontal disease is prevention, but sometimes more targeted intervention is required. Dr. Thomas McCawley offers LANAP® to Ft. Lauderdale, FL patients who need an effective treatment for periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease Should Be Taken Seriously

Patients are sometimes surprised when their dentist tells them they have periodontal disease. In its earliest stages, there may be few clues indicating its presence. However, periodontal disease is most easily managed in its early stages; your dentist can identify it early and help you manage it effectively.

People with diabetes and heart disease need to take periodontal disease seriously. Both of these conditions are linked with periodontal disease and pose a particular risk to patients.

Treating Periodontal Disease Effectively

The pockets of harmful bacteria that form between teeth and gum tissue have to be cleared out in order for healing to take place. Traditionally, a scalpel is used to cut away gum tissue so the bacteria can be treated. The surgical site is then closed with sutures. The LANAP® surgical system is different in several ways:

• The medical laser affects only the harmful bacteria; healthy tissue is left alone
• No cuts are made, so no suturing is necessary
• Recovery is generally quick
• Patients typically experience less post-procedure discomfort
• Bleeding during the treatment is minimal
• LANAP® has been proven to stimulate healthy bone growth at the site of treatment

LANAP® is a highly effective form of treatment, though it is not perfectly suited for every patient. Dr. McCawley encourages new patients to make an appointment for a consult to learn if LANAP® is your best option. Call us today at (954) 634-5270.

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