LANAP FAQs in McKinney, TX
Although a relative newcomer to the world of periodontal disease, laser surgery is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for both dentists and patients alike. Approved by the FDA as a safe, effective, yet gentle alternative to surgery, Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is less invasive than traditional gum disease surgery and presents fewer side effects.
Following are some of our patients’ most common questions regarding LANAP and treating gum disease with laser surgery.
Q: Is there any difference between periodontal disease and gum disease?
A: Gum disease, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease, is an infection that occurs when bacteria forms under the gums. The body works to kill the bacteria and in the process destroys the teeth’s supporting structures: bone and soft tissue. As plaque buildup on the teeth hardens into tartar, bacteria multiply and gum disease worsens, leading to receding gums and bone deterioration. Dr. Choi uses laser gum surgery to treat periodontal disease and stop its progression.
Q: Is gum disease treatment painful?
A: Traditional gum surgeries employ a scalpel to cut away gum tissue and access the bacteria causing disease. Possible side effects include bleeding and further gum recession. The surgery itself is rarely more than uncomfortable, thanks to numbing anesthetics. However, patients often require prescription pain medication during their recovery period. In contrast, laser gum surgery has few side effects due to its minimally invasive nature. Patients rarely experience pain, heavy bleeding, or further gum recession.
Q: Does LANAP offer other benefits?
A: Aside from reduced chances of future gum recession, LANAP promotes bone growth, providing additional support and stability for the patient’s teeth. This is a common reason patients choose LANAP.
Q: How do I know the laser is safe?
A: The PerioLase MVP-7 Dr. Choi uses received FDA approval as a safe, effective laser treatment for periodontal disease. The device is supported by a wealth of human histology research, making it one of today’s leading dental lasers.
Q: How do I know if laser gum surgery is best for me?
A: Laser gum surgery is safe for nearly every patient, but you will not know for sure until you have a consultation with Dr. Choi. Maintaining a healthy smile is important. If you have any symptoms of gum disease, such as gingivitis or gum recession, we can help! Call today to schedule an appointment.
Laser gum surgery is Dr. Choi’s preferred treatment for moderate to advanced periodontal disease. If you suffer from bleeding gums or have lost one or more of your natural teeth, call his McKinney, TX office to learn more and schedule a consultation. Treatment options include laser gum surgery, dental implants, gum and bone grafting, and sedation. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.