Denton, TX Gum Disease Treatment is Now Performed Using Laser Gum Surgery by Dr. Todd McCracken

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Dr. Todd McCracken at Laser Smile Studio now offers patients the latest form of laser gum surgery for the treatment of gum disease. The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) may provide a good alternative to traditional gum disease treatment, especially for patients who are fearful of surgery.

Dr. Todd McCracken is now certified to perform the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) for gum disease treatment. Gum disease is an alarmingly prevalent condition among adults in the United States. Gum disease occurs when bacteria in the mouth are not properly controlled by good oral hygiene practices. The interaction between bacteria and the tissues in the mouth results in damage to the gum tissue. Gum disease can also cause the bone in the jaw to recede away from the base of the tooth.

The beginning stage of gum disease, gingivitis, can advance into a more serious case of periodontitis if left untreated. Ultimately, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and other overall health concerns such as heart disease, respiratory issues and diabetes. The beginning symptoms of gum disease include inflammation of the gums, gums that bleed easily, redness and sensitivity. Dr. McCracken encourages individuals who experience symptoms like these to arrange for a consultation. Some patients may require gum disease treatment. Depending on a patient’s case and eligibility, undergoing LANAP may be a good way to restore oral health.

LANAP uses a highly specialized laser to remove tissue damaged by gum disease. This selective laser leaves healthy connective tissue intact so that it can reattach to the roots of teeth. LANAP is also the only gum disease treatment method that stimulates the bone in the jaw to start regenerating. The treatment may help some patients keep their natural teeth by stimulating the healthy growth of tissue and bone, thus stabilizing teeth that may otherwise require extraction. Because it is less invasive than traditional cut-and-suture methods of treatment, LANAP generally offers faster healing times and less discomfort.

Because of LANAP’s less invasive nature, it may be a good option for individuals who are fearful of undergoing dental procedures. According to some sources, nearly 75 percent of American adults experience some sort of fear of the dentist. Dr. McCracken urges patients to overcome this aversion in order to learn more about how laser gum surgery is different than traditional methods and what LANAP may be able to do for them. Interested individuals should visit

About The Doctor

Dr. Todd McCracken is a general dentist offering personalized dental care for patients in Denton, TX. Dr. McCracken received his DDS from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1997. He received the honor of Master from the Academy of Laser Dentistry in 2000 and is a frequent lecturer at national and local dental meetings across the country and one of 25 certified instructors at The Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry. It is here that he became certified and joined one percent of dental professionals in offering the only FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Dr. McCracken and his dental services visit his website at and call (940) 293-2090.

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