Recognizing Symptoms of Gum Disease
Early diagnosis of gum disease is essential for preventing tooth loss and maintaining optimal oral health. If you have puffy or swollen gums, loose teeth or chronic bad breath, you may be developing an infection in the gums. Dr. Matthew Boscia is passionate about helping patients achieve and maintain their oral health and offers several gum disease treatment options at his practice near Wentzville and O’Fallon. If you are concerned about the state of your mouth please do not hesitate to contact us for your individualized periodontal consultation.
Systemic Health Conditions Linked to Gum Disease
Many people don’t realize that gum disease is linked to a number of systemic health conditions. Several studies show a connection between your oral health and overall health. An infection in the mouth could be linked to certain diseases and health problems, including:
- Heart disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pregnancy complications
Gum Disease Treatment Options
The sooner we can detect gum disease the better, and there are several ways to treat gum disease at various stages. In addition to treatments that eradicate the infection, Dr. Boscia offers periodontal maintenance that involves deep cleaning the teeth every few months and doing a checkup. Maintenance visits are an essential part of your preventive care plan.
Gum disease treatment options include:
- Scaling and root planing
- Soft tissue recontouring
- Osseous surgery/flap surgery
- Periodontal maintenance
LANAP® Laser Treatment
Millions of Americans each year suffer from gum disease, yet only a small percentage actually receive treatment. Gum disease has been linked to a variety of health complications including but not limited to heart disease, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, and low birth-weight babies. Gum disease is an epidemic in this country and around the world, and until now the majority of the treatment options available included invasive surgery involving cutting the gum tissue down and suturing it back together, or extracting the teeth and recommending dentures or dental implants. But the day has finally arrived when patients do not have to fear or put off getting treatment! With the introduction of the PerioLase® MVP-7™and the LANAP®protocol (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) we are able to remove and kill only the bacteria within the pockets of your gums while leaving the healthy tissue behind to reattach to the root surface!
Why is this important? You can now enjoy less pain, less discomfort, less recession, less sensitivity, and much better and more predictable long-term results. LANAP® is the first and only FDA cleared laser protocol on the market and has been proven through extensive science and research studies in the United States and abroad. Quite simply, it is the highest standard of care available in the world for the treatment of periodontal disease. Often we can save teeth that have previously been deemed hopeless by naturally regenerating the bone around the tooth.
If saving your teeth, reducing your pocket depths, and maintaining optimum periodontal health is important to you, this is a treatment that you must consider!
The Benefits of LANAP®
This procedure is minimally invasive, it allows the body to heal quicker.
Due to the bio stimulation capabilities of the Periolase there is usually little to no discomfort for our patients. It is very rare to prescribe pain medication post op.
Most patients that opt for laser gum surgery can go straight back to their daily activities the same day!
Little to No Recession
Patients travel from across the state to have laser surgery because it does not lower the level of the gum line like traditional surgery.
The PerioLase® MVP-7™can remove 90% of the inflammation in your mouth after one visit. The laser specifically targets the bacteria in your mouth while leaving the healthy tissue intact.
This minimally invasive treatment results in less bleeding and less complications.
Patient’s number one reason to receive laser gum surgery is because they want to save and keep their natural teeth.
This is the only protocol scientifically proven to regenerate bone around teeth.
This minimally invasive treatment is extremely safe with little to no contradictions.