GUM DISEASE IMPACTS YOUR HEART AND HEALTH
“We all think that cholesterol is important to heart disease. The health of your gums is a more important predictor of whether or not you will have a heart attack or not.”
Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., FACSDirector, Cardiovascular Institute
Columbia Medical Center, NYC
ABC News, Good Morning America: December 15, 2008
THE GUM SURGERY ALTERNATIVE FOR PATIENTS WITH GUM DISEASE
BASIC STEPS OF THE LANAP® PROTOCOL
Dr. Glenn Sperbeck follows six basic steps to treat patients for gum disease using the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®).
A) Measurement of the pockets. The first step of this gum surgery alternative in Santa Monica, CA is to measure the depth of the pockets that have formed around your teeth with a probe. This will tell us how much loss of attachment has occurred, and can give us an idea of the stage of gum disease.
B) Bacteria removal with the laser. We use a pulsed laser light to remove diseased tissue from the pockets and to kill the bacteria causing gum disease. Since laser light is not absorbed in water, healthy tissue, root, or bone, the entire procedure is much less invasive than traditional surgery and more comfortable for the patient.
C) Calculus removal. After the bacteria has been removed, we will remove the calculus from the root surface of the teeth. We use tiny ultrasonic scalers to remove deposits of calculus from underneath the gum line. The laser cannot remove the calculus by itself, but it will denature calculus for easier removal using the ultrasonic tool.
D) Clot formation. The laser is passed over the gums a second time at the bottom of the pocket to stimulate the soft tissue, root, and bone. This makes the blood become sticky and forms a seal around the teeth. This helps to create a clean and stable environment for the healing process to begin.
E) Tissue compression. The gum tissue is recompressed against the root surface of the teeth so no sutures are needed.
F) Bite adjustment. Dr. Sperbeck will adjust your bite to make sure there is not a considerable amount of trauma to any of your teeth, especially those that have had some bone loss.