Comfortable, Convenient Periodontal Laser Gum Therapy Treatment
Just as laser technology has revolutionized other medical fields in the past decade, lasers have changed the way dentists treat their patients. Dr. Fred Eck takes advantage of cutting-edge laser equipment to treat gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, at our practice serving Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Marco. Laser periodontal gum therapy is a dentistry treatment offering substantial benefits to the patient at a cost that is comparable to that of more painful, less effective alternatives.
About Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a potentially serious condition in which the gum tissue surrounding the teeth becomes infected and inflamed. Over time, this infection can erode the bone around the teeth, loosening them and eventually causing tooth loss. Once, gum disease required painful surgery, but today periodontal gum therapy is a convenient laser dentistry treatment. While conventional gum treatment often requires repeated procedures to be effective, laser gum therapy is less painful, less invasive, and more effective in a single treatment.
Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding, painful, and inflamed gum tissue. Though periodontal disease is caused by an infection of the gums, there are a number of risk factors that make it more likely to develop. Smoking, uncontrolled diabetes, and genetic factors can contribute to the development of periodontal disease, as can poor dental hygiene. A good brushing and flossing regimen using a soft toothbrush is the single best way to prevent gum disease from forming.
The LANAP™ Procedure
LANAP™ (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is the laser dentistry option for our patients from Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Marco, and elsewhere who need periodontal treatment. Unlike laser gum therapy, traditional periodontal treatment can involve great pain and multiple treatments, and can leave patients with severe gum recession. With LANAP™, Dr. Eck uses the FDA-approved Millennium PerioLase® laser to treat gum disease without the side effects of traditional gum surgery.
Dr. Eck performs LANAP™ by first using a perio probe to identify excessive pocket depth between the gum and tooth root. In this way, he determines where gum disease has infiltrated. Dr. Eck then begins treatment with the PerioLase® laser’s precise beam, killing bacteria and removing diseased tissue wherever periodontal disease exists. With an ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments, he carefully removes root surface deposits. Next, Dr. Eck uses the laser to finish cleaning the pocket between the root and gum. The laser helps in sealing the pocket so that no new germs can enter. The connective tissue reattaches to the clean root surface, which creates a “closed system” that is resistant to new infection. To complete the LANAP™ procedure, Dr. Eck adjusts bite trauma. Periodontal disease is eliminated; new gum attachment is regenerated; new bone and new ligaments are formed; and thorough healing takes place. And all of this is accomplished without any of the trauma of traditional gum treatment methods.
Dr. Eck has appeared on the local CBS WINK news network to provide a professional view on laser gum therapy and LANAP™. He uses only the LANAP™ procedure to treat periodontal disease, making him one of the most experienced laser dentistry practitioners in Southwest Florida. If you have bleeding or painful gums, or if you have already been diagnosed with periodontal disease, schedule an evaluative appointment with Dr. Eck and let him show you how “no scalpel – no suture” periodontal laser treatment can provide the solution to restoring your dental health.
Schedule Laser Dentistry – Periodontal Laser Treatment / Gum Therapy near Marco, Bonita Springs, and Fort Myers
If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, you should not wait to seek periodontal laser treatment. Contact Dr. Fred Eck & Associates in Bonita Springs, near Marco and Fort Myers, to schedule a laser gum therapy evaluation. Modern laser dentistry makes periodontal treatment more convenient and painless than ever before, and seeking treatment promptly can help you avoid tooth loss and other serious complications.