Gum Disease

Understanding the Causes of Gum Disease

The silent onset of gum disease can often go unnoticed until it poses a significant threat to oral health. At The Wagner Centre, we understand the gravity of this pervasive issue and are dedicated to both educating our patients and providing cutting-edge treatments. Dr. Rebecca Wagner, our in-house periodontal specialist, is specially trained to utilize Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) to combat gum disease effectively.


The Stealthy Advance of Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a common but preventable condition that affects a significant portion of the adult population. It is usually the result of a crescendo of untreated plaque build-up. The primary villain in this narrative is the bacteria that thrive in the sticky film of plaque, which causes inflammation and bleeding of the gums — a condition known as gingivitis, the forerunner of periodontitis.


The Warning Signs

Dr. Wagner emphasizes that awareness is the first line of defense. Recognizing the early signs of gum disease is crucial:

  • Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth


The Underlying Causes

Understanding what leads to gum disease can significantly aid in prevention. Here are the primary culprits:


  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Inadequate brushing and flossing can allow plaque to build up and harden, leading to periodontitis.
  • Tobacco Use: Smoking or chewing tobacco is known to foster gum disease.
  • Genetic Susceptibility: Sometimes, despite diligent oral care, genetics can play a role in one's propensity for gum disease.
  • Chronic Conditions: Diseases like diabetes can compromise the body's immune system, making the gums more susceptible to infections.
  • Medications: Some prescriptions can affect oral health by diminishing saliva flow, which has a protective effect on the mouth.


LANAP: A Ray of Hope

Traditional methods of treating gum disease often involve invasive surgery, which can be a source of anxiety for many patients. This is where LANAP steps in as a minimally invasive miracle. As Dr. Wagner elucidates, LANAP utilizes a special laser to target and remove the diseased tissue without harming the healthy gums. This encourages natural healing and the regeneration of healthy tissue.


Dr. Rebecca Wagner: A Beacon of Expertise

Dr. Wagner is not only an advocate for early detection and prevention but also a pioneer in utilizing advanced technologies like LANAP to treat periodontitis. Her expertise and precision with LANAP ensure that patients have access to a treatment that offers:


  • Less Discomfort: The procedure is less painful than traditional surgery.
  • Quicker Healing Time: Recovery from LANAP is typically much faster.
  • Decreased Sensitivity: Patients experience less post-operative sensitivity.
  • Minimal Gum Recession: The procedure conserves healthy tissue, thus minimizing gum recession.
  • Lasting Results: LANAP provides long-term results for patients.


The Wagner Centre's Commitment

At The Wagner Centre, we are committed to providing our patients with state-of-the-art treatments within a compassionate and understanding environment. Our approach is not just about combating dental ailments but also about restoring confidence and quality of life.


Embrace the Change with The Wagner Centre

If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, early intervention is key. LANAP offers a promising solution to not only halt the progression of the disease but also encourage the regeneration of healthy gums. Under Dr. Rebecca Wagner’s expert care, your journey to optimal oral health is in the most capable hands.


Take that pivotal step towards combating gum disease with a trusted expert by your side. Connect with The Wagner Centre today to learn more about LANAP and how we can help you achieve a healthier smile. Book your consultation today with Dr. Rebecca Wagner to explore the transformative potential of LANAP.