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 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.