The health of your gums can impact both your oral health and your overall health. Ongoing scientific studies have confirmed the mouth-body connection, demonstrating the risks for certain types of disease in patients with poor oral health. The gums serve as both support for the teeth and a barrier between harmful bacteria in your mouth and your bloodstream. When this is compromised, your risk for cardiovascular and systemic disease can increase due to your body’s natural inflammatory response.
Maintaining or restoring healthy gums is an important part of lifelong dental health and physical well being. At Today’s Dentistry in Knoxville, TN, Dr. Pamela Cain and Dr. Robert Cain can provide comprehensive dental and periodontal services. For patients with advanced gum disease, many of whom may have been told there is “no hope” for restoring oral health, we offer LANAP®. This unique and advanced treatment option uses laser dentistry to promote healing and enable patients to restore healthy gums and avoid tooth extraction or loss.
LANAP: About the Procedure
Using the PerioLase MVP-7, LANAP harnesses the minimally invasive accuracy of laser energy to remove diseased soft tissue and stimulate the body’s natural healing response for the regrowth of healthy attachment between the teeth and gums. The Perio-lase laser has unique wavelength properties that enable patients on blood thinners or an aspirin regimen to receive treatment without having to discontinue their medication. Other key benefits of LANAP include:
- Minimal bleeding, swelling or other side effects associated with alternative treatments or oral surgical procedures
- NO sutures
- Minimal discomfort during and after treatment
- Significantly shorter downtime when compared to surgical options
- Reduced risk of post-treatment infection
- NO cutting- healthy gum tissue is not impacted and remains in tact
Dr. Robert Cain is one of few Hardin Valley area dentists with certification and training in the LANAP procedure. He will meet with you to evaluate the condition of your oral health and determine if the LANAP procedure is the solution for you. During the initial consultation, we may also perform a perio charting to be used as a guide for the LANAP treatment. LANAP typically requires two treatments, one for each arch of teeth, for a successful result. Performed using a local anesthetic in most cases, patients can drive themselves to and from their appointment and resume normal daily activities.
Braces After LANAP: complete a smile makeover
If the aesthetics or function of your smile has been damaged by advanced periodontal disease, Dr. Cain can work with you after LANAP to address concerns and complete a smile makeover. Using clear braces or aligners, she can straighten crooked teeth and correct mild to moderate bite problems. Treatment with Six Month Smiles or Invisalign will not only give you a beautiful new smile, but support your renewed oral health after LANP for long term oral wellness.
Short term orthodontics using invisible braces will complement the results of your restored gum health after LANAP by stabilizing your bite with proper tooth position. Enabling the teeth to make proper contact will minimize stress on the jaw joints and prevent future tooth or gum damage.
Schedule An Appointment
Whether you are seeking treatment for advanced gum disease or looking for a dentist in the Knoxville area, we welcome new patients. To schedule an appointment contact us at (865) 219-3622 or request an appointment online today.