Laser Gum Surgery (LANAP)

Laser Gum Surgery

Gum disease affects millions of Americans, and the problem is that most don’t even know they have it until it is too late. Instead of catching gum disease in the early stages, the infection is left to progress and harm not only your smile, but also your overall health. Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss and also has been linked to heart disease. Fortunately, a breakthrough procedure is available in our office. Laser gum surgery or LANAP is a great alternative to traditional surgery to help restore the health of your gums.

What is Periodontal Disease?

This infection of the gums often occurs when plaque is left too long along the gum line. It hardens and forms into tartar or calculus. As this substance accumulates, it harbors various harmful bacteria that will attack soft tissues of the mouth. Gums become red and swollen, pulling away from the teeth and causing pockets to form and bacteria to penetrate even deeper. Minor symptoms, such as bleeding and bad breath can evolve into more serious ones where gums separate from the teeth, surrounding bone loss and even tooth loss.

Least Invasive Treatment for Periodontal Disease

To eliminate periodontal disease, you must first remove the infection and close up the pockets between gums and teeth. The LANAP, or laser gum surgery, is an alternative to traditional gum surgery. LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. As the name makes clear, it uses a laser to perform gum surgery. It is a patient friendly treatment. It is used to detoxify your mouth and remove the harmful bacteria causing the infection.

With just one visit, usually about two hours, your entire mouth can receive treatments. Then only two follow-up visits, compared to the four plus of traditional surgery. This procedure also hastens recovery by encouraging actual tissue regeneration. No cutting, no sewing, and no pain. This breakthrough gum disease treatment not only eradicates the infection, but also allows healthy gum fibers to reattach to the tooth root.

Benefits of LANAP

The laser gum surgery is so gentle. It only requires a little local anesthesia and the recovery period is often less than 24 hours. This method of periodontal treatment was specifically designed to meet the growing need for pain-free dentistry. It is a great choice for patients who experience anxiety or need to return to work as soon as possible. Also, the laser gum surgery costs just as much as conventional surgery.

In our general and cosmetic dental office, we take great pride in providing innovatve services. The LANAP is no exception. If you are interested in scheduling your appointment, contact us to learn more about the procedure and set up a time most convenient for you. Don’t wait until your gum disease gets worse. At the first sign of symptoms you should visit our dentist.

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