Let’s be honest – nobody enjoys pain. Teeth are housed in delicate gum-tissue, and they protect extremely sensitive nerves, so damage to this area usually results in excruciating pain. It is one of the main reasons regular visits to the dentist are encouraged, alongside your daily flossing and brushing routine.
One of the most common causes of tooth and jaw pain is gum disease. Gum disease is a result of a build-up of tartar, plaque and disease-causing bacteria. The affected areas harbor colonies of bacteria in between the gum tissue, and the tooth, causing inflammation and infection. Gradually, the tissue separates from the tooth and the surrounding area is left exposed and prone to further damage. The symptoms of advanced gum disease include:
• Inflammation of the gums
• Bleeding gums
• Receding gums
• Bad breath
• Pain when chewing
• Loose or broken teeth
Fight gum disease with the right treatment, LAPT!
Dr. Ogata wants his patients to live as pain-free as possible, whether they are in his office receiving treatment, or going about their daily routine. To better combat severe gum disease, also known as periodontitis, Dr. Ogata offers a laser-assisted periodontal therapy (LAPT). It is a non-surgical gum treatment which treats most patients in-house rather than having to send them to a periodontist for special care. Severe cases aside, LAPT gives patients a more thorough treatment and long-term results directly from Dr. Ogata himself.
Laser-assisted gum cleaning therapies have significantly improved over the years with all the advances in dental technology. The positive, long-term results truly benefit our patients. The LAPT procedure is fast, affordable and only requires a topical, or local anesthetic, as opposed to the general anesthetic used in traditional methods.
To remove the plaque buildup, Dr. Ogata inserts a small laser fiber into the infected pockets of tissue between the tooth and gum. The infection is removed quickly and procedures can be completed in as little as two 2-hour sessions. Depending on the severity of infection, a follow-up visit may be necessary.
Laser-assisted therapy is not only gentle on the patient, but it helps stimulate the surrounding tissue, encouraging new bone growth and decreasing the chances of recurring infection. And because the LAPT procedure is non-invasive, a patient can avoid the drills and sutures used in conventional treatments.
LAPT and you!
Please, don’t tolerate dental pain! If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, contact the office of Dr. Ogata and discover whether LAPT is the right treatment for you!