LANAP in McKinney, TX
Laser Gum Surgery
Patients with moderate to severe gum disease (periodontitis) now have an alternative to traditional gum surgery: Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP). In these more advanced cases of periodontitis, bacteria destroy the teeth’s supporting bone and tissue, creating pockets that prevent the gums from fully supporting the teeth. The pockets create more space for bacteria to grow, which causes further deterioration so that the pockets grow even larger. Eventually, if left untreated, the teeth require extraction. Alternatively, teeth may just fall out.
Dr. Daniel Choi in McKinney offers patients LANAP, laser gum surgery as a minimally invasive, less painful alternative to invasive gum surgery. With this laser treatment, Dr. Choi treats the patient’s gum disease, generates new bone growth, and helps save the patient’s teeth.
The LANAP Procedure
The first step in LANAP gum surgery is measuring the gum pocket depth with a small tool. This measurement helps determine the level of bone loss and the degree of soft tissue detachment from the patient’s teeth.
The next step is eliminating bacteria using the PerioLase MVP-7. Whereas traditional gum surgery uses a blade, this laser gum surgery alternative kills bacteria by directing therapeutic light pulses between the teeth and gums, leaving healthy tissue untouched. Dr. Choi may also apply the laser to the teeth’s surface to eliminate tartar deposits. He then removes particles with ultrasonic scaling instruments.
Next, Dr. Choi protects the teeth by inducing blood clotting. He does this with the laser, stirring bone and tissue until a sticky seal forms and surrounds each tooth. These blood clots create a barrier against new bacteria, thereby protecting teeth and gums from further damage. He then compresses the soft tissues against the teeth’s root surfaces. This creates an organic reconnection process that does not require stitches.
Finally, Dr. Choi adjusts the patient’s bite, ensuring his or her teeth are in a comfortable and correct position and that they function properly.
Dr. Choi is pleased to provide laser gum surgery as an alternative to painful, invasive gum surgery. If you suffer from periodontitis, schedule your consultation today. Dr. Choi also offers McKinney, TX patients the latest in dental implants and periodontal treatments. We perform a variety of procedures, including All-on-4 dental implants, bone grafting, gum grafting. We also offer our patients an array of sedation options. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to ask for more information.