Corpus Christi Dentist, Dr. Tilman Richards Improves Dental Implant Success by Removing Gum Disease with the FDA-cleared Laser Gum Surgery

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Dr. Tilman Richards now offers the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) as a gum disease treatment option to patients in the Corpus Christi area. Gum disease can lead to missing teeth, and it prevents many people from taking advantage of the benefits of dental implants, but with this new laser surgery option, patients have access to both treatments.

Dr. Tilman Richards is among a leading group of dental professionals offering a new procedure recently cleared by the FDA to treat gum disease. In order to be a candidate for dental implant surgery, a patient must have healthy gum tissue as well as strong bone density in the affected jaw area. When gum disease is present, both of these prerequisites are at risk, often eliminating the option for implants. The new Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure offers a gum disease treatment in Corpus Christi that preserves unaffected gum tissue while stimulating the regeneration of bone in the jaw, allowing Dr. Richards to properly place an implant.

Dr. Richards leverages the benefits of LANAP to provide the long term benefits of dental implants to his patients in Corpus Christi. These include the preservation of the overall jaw integrity and structure as well as the health of any neighboring teeth. Implants look and feel more like natural teeth and eliminate the need for other teeth to be ground down for use as an anchor to a bridge. Implants also will last far longer than bridges or dentures, partially because of their ability to maintain the structure of the jaw instead of allowing the deterioration of the jawbone and resulting facial “sagging.”

Dental implants provide a longer lasting solution for replacing missing teeth than bridges or dentures. The ability to receive an implant often prevents multiple procedures and limits non-age related wrinkles, which occur as jawbone density lessens and the facial muscles around the area droop or sag. The ability to undergo highly effective, minimally invasive laser gum disease treatment in Corpus Christi offers more patients the chance to take advantage of the benefits of implants.

About The Doctor

Tilman Richards, DDS is a general dentist who has provided patients personalized dental care in Corpus Christi, TX since 1984. Dr. Richards graduated with honors from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science in biology, and he attended Baylor Dental School in Dallas where he received his degree as a doctor of dental surgery. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and Nueces Valley District Dental Society. Dr. Richards is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. To learn more about Tilman Richadrds, DDS and his dental services visit his website at and call (361) 238-2373.

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