When you have gum disease, it can be difficult to get it under control. Patients can spend years receiving invasive treatments with little improvement. That’s why the team of holistic dentists at Natural & Cosmetic Dentistry in Clearwater, FL has invested in the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP™) to perform laser assisted gum disease therapy for their patients.
What is laser gum treatment?
LANAP gum disease treatment is a highly effective method of clearing away the bacteria and tartar that cause gum disease, while leaving your healthy gum tissues, teeth, and jawbone intact. It has many benefits for patients, including:
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Less swelling
- Faster, easier recovery
- Sutures are not necessary
- Gum regeneration
- Results that last a long time
- Improved oral health and overall wellbeing
One of the big issues that patients with gum disease face is pockets that form in their gums that house the disease-causing bacteria and prevent your gums from forming a proper seal against your teeth. With laser dentistry, these pockets can be dramatically reduced in size for a healthier mouth.
All about LANAP® - Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure
What is LANAP®?
LANAP® is a non-surgical periodontal therapy that stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure.
It is performed with the Nd: YAG laser specifically made to target the bacteria that cause gum disease.
LANAP® is the first and only FDA-approved laser gum disease procedure that is an alternative to the traditional painful scalpel and suture gum surgery.
Is the LANAP® procedure painful?
Most patients find gum surgery very uncomfortable, and after having half the mouth done, they prefer not to finish the other half.
But with the LANAP® procedure, there is no downtime. There is no pain because you are anesthetized while doing it. The post-op discomfort is very minimal.
What are the benefits of LANAP®?
It is a no-cut, no-sew alternative to traditional gum surgery. LANAP® can effectively kill a lot more bacteria, regenerate new bone, and save many teeth this way.
There is no bleeding and no sutures involved. So, patients find it to be a very comfortable procedure as an alternative to the scalpel and sutures.
Give us a call today to learn more about LANAP®
What is gum disease and LANAP® as a treatment procedure at Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal diseases are serious bacterial infections. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in America.
The toxins produced by the bacteria stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body, in essence, turns on itself, and the tissues that support the teeth are destroyed.
Many people suffer from sore and bleeding gums, painful brushing, bad breath, and other signs of gum disease.
How important is treating gum disease?
Early detection is the key to successful treatment. The early stages of periodontal disease are often painless, and you may not be aware that your gums are infected.
We offer a complete range of services to treat periodontal disorders. We examine, not just screen, all patients on their first visit and annually after that.
We recommend a personalized course of treatment to arrest the disease and optimize your dental health.
What is LANAP, and how effective is it for gum disease?
LANAP, or laser-assisted regeneration, is the only FDA-approved periodontal disease treatment that can restore lost bone and gum tissue.
The treatment uses PerioLase MVP-7, a dental laser that uses long pulses of 1064 wavelength Nd: YAG laser energy to clear away infection and disease without cutting any tissue.
LANAP procedures activate your body’s natural healing abilities to create new alveolar bone, cementum, and periodontal ligaments to support your teeth and prevent future issues that lead to tooth loss.
Call us today if you have any signs of gum disease to get an evaluation and treatment from a qualified dentist.
What to expect from your laser gum procedure
We start all gum disease treatments with a thorough dental examination and consultation. This helps us determine the right treatment approach for you and gives us time to answer any questions you may have. When we begin your treatment, we will first splint any loose teeth that you have so they do not fall out during your procedure, and then we will use the laser device to treat one side of your mouth. The whole treatment time typically takes two hours, and we recommend treating one side of the mouth per visit.
After your treatment is complete, you may experience some pain or soreness and your gums may look discolored and different than they did prior to your treatment. After seven days, you can resume your regular brushing and flossing regimen.
If you are suffering from gum disease and are interested in learning more about how laser dentistry can help, call Natural & Cosmetic Dentistry in Clearwater, FL today at 727-888-6523.