Falls Church, VA Gum Disease Treatment Can Now Help Prevent Tooth and Bone Loss with Laser Gum Surgery from Dr. William V. Dougherty

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Periodontal disease patients in the Falls Church, VA area now have new options for gum disease treatment from for Dr. William V. Dougherty’s adoption of a new laser gum surgery. The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) eliminates gum disease and fights against tooth and bone loss that often occurs with severe periodontitis.

Dr. William V. Dougherty offers patients the possibility of preventing tooth and bone loss due to periodontal disease using the new laser gum disease treatment. When severe gum disease is present, tooth loss can occur when there is no longer sufficient tissue to hold gums in place. The affected jaw bone remains unstimulated, and over time, degenerates. This is called “resorption.” The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is proven to reverse resoprtion by stimulating bone growth.

Tooth loss has negative cosmetic consequences, but also leads to greater problems. When a tooth is missing, patients may experience speech impairments and eventually a reduced jaw bone density. If not addressed, the jaw may misalign and create a “sunken in” look as bone loss sets in. The FDA recently cleared the LANAP as a gum disease treatment, but it also helps to prevent the loss of bone.

Teeth roots stimulate the bone and ensure health during speaking or chewing. When teeth are not in place, that stimulation does not occur and bone loss begins. LANAP helps to combat this by stimulating the bone and encouraging regrowth. It also encourages the growth of new gum tissue, which is important to keep teeth in place.

LANAP is a minimally invasive gum disease treatment. Another benefit of this laser gum surgery is that the laser is able to target and touch only infected gum tissue. Scalpel surgeries cut away some healthy tissue as well, thereby increasing the chance of tooth loss due to insufficient healthy gum.

Dr. Dougherty is a proud leader in his field and is committed to offering his patients the latest in treatment options. If you are interested in LANAP, Dr. Dougherty welcomes you to call or visit his office today and speak with a member of his team.

About The Doctor

William V. Dougherty, III, DDS is a general dentist offering patients personalized dental care in Falls Church, VA. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about William V. Dougherty, III, DDS and his dental services visit his website at http://www.doughertylaserdentistry.com and call (703) 584-7554.

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