Gum disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis, is a chronic bacterial infection. It is caused by plaque, which produces toxins that damage the gums. Symptoms can include redness, swelling, bleeding gums, and bad breath.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Signs of gum disease can include traces of blood when brushing or flossing, swollen gums, and persistent bad breath. However, gum disease can often go undetected or ignored as symptoms may not be painful.
How do you get gum disease?
Gum disease has several risk factors, including smoking, age, genetics, gender, and ethnicity. It is also communicable, meaning the infection can be passed from one person to another.
How prevalent is gum disease?
Gum disease affects a significant portion of the adult population in the United States. Estimates suggest that moderate to severe gum disease affects 74 percent of adults, with over 100 million American adults suffering from the condition.
What is the traditional treatment option for periodontal disease?
Traditionally, periodontal surgery involving cutting and stitching of the gums has been the standard treatment for gum disease. This invasive procedure requires a lengthy recovery period.
What about dental anxiety?
At Tulip Dental, we understand that dental anxiety is a common concern for many patients. Our team is experienced in providing a soothing and stress-free environment to cater to those with dental anxiety. We offer gentle care, effective communication, and various relaxation techniques to help you feel at ease during your dental visits.
What is the LANAP and LAPIP protocol?
The LANAP and LAPIP protocol is a laser periodontitis treatment that offers a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery. It is performed using the PerioLase MVP-7 laser, which helps promote regeneration and requires minimal recovery time.
What are the benefits of the LANAP and LAPIP protocol?
The LANAP and LAPIP protocol offers advantages such as less post-operative pain, fewer sessions with the dentist, quicker recovery time, and less gum loss compared to traditional surgery.
Who is a candidate for LANAP and LAPIP laser surgery?
Patients with moderate-to-severe gum disease can benefit from the LANAP and LAPIP protocol. It is also an excellent option for those who are anxious about traditional surgery.
Can I continue taking my medication for LANAP and LAPIP laser surgery?
Patients on blood thinners or with aspirin regimens do not need to stop taking their medications for LANAP and LAPIP laser surgery.
How many treatments will I need with the LANAP and LAPIP protocol?
The LANAP procedure typically requires two two-hour sessions, whereas traditional surgery may involve multiple one-hour sessions.
What should I expect after LANAP and LAPIP treatment?
After LANAP and LAPIP treatment, you may experience some soreness, which can be managed with over-the-counter medications. You will be on a liquid/soft diet for two weeks to aid in the healing process.
Does Tulip Dental accept Medicaid patients?
No, Tulip Dental does not accept Medicaid patients. However, we offer a benefits package called the Tulip Dental Smile Club, which provides exclusive benefits and discounts to our valued patients. Please inquire about the Smile Club at our office to learn more about the benefits and savings it offers.