It is estimated that over 75% of the population of the United States has some form of gum disease. Gum Disease, which occurs when plaque builds up around the gum line, can cause severe damage to the teeth and gums. Left untreated, gum disease can cause receding gums, swollen gums, bad breath, sore gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing, and eventually tooth loss. However, despite the warning signs many people refuse to seek treatment for their periodontal disease because of fear of dental surgery. Dr. Michael Williams, a periodontist in Pittsfield, recently introduced the LANAP Laser Treatment for gum disease, a laser surgery that does not involve the pain or fear of traditional gum surgery.
Traditional periodontal disease treatments involve cutting the gums to access and clean the root of the tooth. The gums are then trimmed of the diseased tissue and sutured back in place. Recovery after periodontal surgery often takes weeks and many patients experience moderate to severe pain postop. And, because the gums are trimmed, some gum recession may be noticeable after surgery. A lower gum line can lead to aesthetic issues as well as increased sensitivity to hot or cold.
"Avoiding treatment for gingivitis or periodontitis is should not be an option anyone considers," said Dr. Michael Williams. "The systemic effects of gum disease are too dangerous to ignore. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, obesity, and low-birth-weight or premature babies. And, since I introduced the LANAP Laser Treatment into my practice, there is no reason fear having your gum disease treated anymore."
The LANAP Laser Treatment for gum disease does not use a scalpel or stitches. Instead, the laser treatment uses wavelengths of light that can tell the difference between diseased and healthy tissue. The laser light then zaps away the periodontal disease, leaving the healthy tissue unharmed. The LANAP procedure does not require the use of a blade or sutures and is a minimally invasive procedure that causes very little recession and very little postop discomfort to the patient. The LANAP laser is the first FDA cleared laser treatment for periodontal disease and allows Dr. Williams to see fantastic, predictable long-term results.
As a leading periodontist in Massachusetts, Dr. Michael Williams believes in providing his patients with state-of-the-art dental care and has been trained extensively to provide his patients with such procedures as dental implants, gum grafting, bone grafting, periodontal plastic surgery, and LANAP.
Dr. Michael Williams graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and received his certification as a specialist in periodontology from the same school in 2003. Dr. Williams is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, the highest recognition offered in periodontics, and is the only periodontist in Berkshire County to maintain Diplomate status.
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