Laser Periodontics - Chicago, IL

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Innovative Solutions for Gentler Gum Disease Treatment

Laser periodontics revolutionized the way periodontists treat patients with gum disease. Laser-assisted treatment offers greater precision for removal of harmful bacteria and unhealthy gum tissue. This approach ensures the smallest amount of gum tissue is removed; stimulates stem cells to form new connective tissues, bone, and collagen; and helps regenerate lost ligaments and bone around teeth. In the hands of the skilled periodontists at Millennium Periodontics, laser dentistry results in shorter appointments, less pain, and faster healing, while effectively reducing your risk of gum disease progression and infection. Our skilled team of periodontists offers state-of-the-art periodontal treatment using minimally invasive laser periodontics including gingevectomy and frenectomy in Chicago, IL.

If you have bleeding gums in Chicago, IL reach out to our experienced team at Millennium Periodontics, we can help.

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Laser is a Gentler Way to Improve Your Oral and Overall Health

Nearly one in four people in the U.S. have some type of gum deterioration, ranging from mild gum recession and gingivitis to advanced gum disease. Gum recession, bleeding gums, loose teeth, and bad breath are common signs of periodontal disease. Left untreated, gum disease can have a negative impact on your immune system and lead to serious medical problems. A number of studies link periodontal disease to systemic diseases including respiratory disease, heart disease, cognitive impairment, metabolic syndrome/diabetes, some types of cancer, and pregnancy complications. Maintaining good oral health reduces your risk of periodontal disease and its associated consequences. Laser dentistry plays a key role in this equation because it makes treating gum disease easier and far more pleasant, even for patients with dental anxiety.

What is LANAP?

LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, with attachment referring to “attachment” of heathy gum tissue to bone. The LANAP protocol provides a faster, gentler, and more reliable method for resolving issues related to periodontal disease. It’s the only laser gum disease treatment that is FDA-approved and proven to promote gum tissue regeneration. Unlike traditional osseous surgery that involves smoothing the bone around teeth damaged from gum disease-related bacteria, LANAP is scalpel- and suture-free. All laser wavelengths can be used to precisely incise gum tissue for restorative, cosmetic, and periodontal indications. Studies show that several months after LANAP treatment, most patients see a significant reduction in the depth of their periodontal pockets.

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In the hands of experienced periodontists Dr. Christine Gadia and her team, the innovative Periolase MVP-7 laser enables a gentler approach without the need for a scalpel. The laser light energy accurately targets the source of inflammation without damaging or removing adjacent healthy gum tissue. The first stage of wound healing called hemostasis is the process that prevents and stops bleeding. Periodontal lasers have the ability to simultaneously cut and coagulate soft tissue, thereby triggering hemostasis faster to reduce bleeding and speed healing.
The most common procedure performed with lasers, gingivectomies are done for both medical and cosmetic reasons. Soft tissue injury, advanced gum disease, gum recession, or other oral health issues may necessitate surgical removal of small areas of gum tissue. The primary cosmetic application is to restore symmetry to the gum line (e.g. treating “gummy smiles”). When you receive a laser gingevectomy in Chicago, IL, you’ll experience less pain and faster healing, but the treated area is still quite sensitive so we apply a gel and bandages to protect it.
This procedure involves releasing the frenum, the connective tissue located both under the tongue and upper gums. Frenulum tissue that is too restrictive can cause difficulties with speech and eating. Loosening the tissue under the tongue allows better mobility and prevents related speech problems. Removing excessive tissue from the upper gums can prevent gaps in the front teeth and associated orthodontic problems. The laser vaporizes tissue rather than cutting it, thereby reducing discomfort, bleeding, and the risk of infection.
Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Protocol (LAPIP) is an offshoot of LANAP except it’s used for dental implants. The LAPIP protocol is the only patient-friendly, predictable solution for peri-implantis. Similar to gum disease, peri-implantitis causes an infection and pockets to form around a dental implant. When left untreated, this can result in bone loss around the implant and failure. Studies show 95% of the failing implants treated with the LAPIP protocol reintegrate in the pocket and stabilize with adequate bone growth. The laser effectively vaporizes bacteria, diseased tissue, and titanium contaminants in soft tissue to resolve the infection and nurture new bone growth.

If we see a lesion or tumor in your mouth during an exam, we’ll recommend a gum biopsy. During this surgical procedure, we use a laser to remove a small piece of tissue so a pathologist can determine the cause and if the lesion is benign or cancerous. The laser enables performing more precise biopsies without the need for sutures in many cases. While this gentler method of excision usually only requires a local topical anesthetic, you can also receive sedation to ease anxiety.

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