Have you been diagnosed with periodontal gum disease? We offer a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum flap surgery at our office near Dallas, TX. LANAP Protocol is an FDA approved treatment that uses a laser and does not involve sutures or scalpels.
The PerioLase Laser, or LANAP, uses a gentle and safe laser energy to treat moderate to severe gum disease. The diseased tissue and bacteria are effectively and gently removed from the pockets that surround the teeth. This form of gum disease treatment is faster, less invasive and less expensive than other techniques, such as flap surgery. You will be able to return to your normal routine almost immediately since there are no incisions made or stitches used. In addition, your body heals naturally, stabilizing teeth and reducing the gum pockets, while the recession is minimal compared to traditional surgery.
Gum Disease Treatment
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, periodontal disease begins to show up in adults in their 30’s and 40’s. They also state that most adults have some form of periodontal disease in the United States.
Everyone harbors bacteria in their mouth that leads to the buildup of plaque. Good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing, helps to diminish plaque when done routinely. However, if the plaque solidifies and forms tartar, it cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. A regular cleaning is needed by a dentist or hygienist to remove the tartar buildup. Lasers can also be used to help remove tartar, safely and easily.
Laser Gum Surgery
Periodontal disease can be treated using the help of lasers. Research studies have shown that when compared to alternative treatment options, the results of laser therapy can show similar results. Scaling and root planning is another non-surgical therapy used to treat periodontal disease.
Laser Gum Treatment
Lasers used for gum disease treatment use a focused light energy that is delivered in a precise amount via a small fiber. It is placed gently in the area between the teeth and gum tissue, often referred to as the periodontal pocket. The laser removes some of the diseased gum tissue and reduces the harmful bacteria. Once the affected area has been thoroughly cleaned, the bone can begin to heal.
After that has been done, the tartar is removed from the surface of the root with an ultrasonic scaler. Tartar is responsible for swollen, red and bleeding gums.
LANAP, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is today’s cutting-edge treatment for gum disease. Dr. Choi offers the latest treatment options, but only those that provide outstanding results and benefits for the patient. LANAP is a virtually pain-free way to treat gum disease with no bleeding or swelling.
If the fear of traditional gum flap surgery is keeping you from seeking treatment, LANAP may be a good option for you. Nearly 66% of Americans have some type of gum disease, so you are not alone. In terms of results and healing time, LANAP laser gum surgery is even more beneficial and just as effective as traditional methods. It’s usually less expensive compared to the more invasive methods too which involve cutting and sutures.
LANAP versus Flap Gum Surgery
Traditional gum flap surgery usually takes two to four sessions, of about one to two hours on average. Plus, there are additional office visits needed to remove stitches.
Laser gum surgery can be completed in one to two office visits and you will only need to return for a follow-up.
LANAP Laser Gum Procedure
A thin fiber that emits a light, removes diseased tissue and harmful bacteria from the periodontal pocket with laser energy. An ultrasonic scaler is then used to break up tartar and other debris from the root of the tooth.
Then the laser is reinserted to remove any remaining tissue in the pocket. This sterilizes the tissue and prepares the tooth root surface for healing. This enables the healthy gum tissue to reattach to the root and aids in sealing the pocket shut.
Recovery from LANAP is blood-free and virtually painless. Most patients recover in less than 24 hours and many return to their normal routines immediately. If you have gum disease and need a periodontal treatment near Dallas, Texas, this is a great alternative. Call our office today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how LANAP can help you.
Does LANAP Work
Does LANAP really work? LANAP laser gum surgery is one of the most effective and safe groundbreaking techniques for restoring periodontal and gum tissue. It’s very effective at treating gum disease and eradicating bacteria that is harbored under the gumline. The laser used for the surgery is the thickness of three human hairs which are placed in the gum pockets. It then eliminates infected tissue by emitting laser energy.
LANAP Does Not Damage Healthy Gum Tissue
Laser gum surgery singles out bacteria for elimination without damaging healthy gum tissue. Because the healthy gum tissue remains unharmed, it naturally begins to reattach itself to the root surface of the tooth. LANAP also stimulates a process of cell regeneration similar to the body’s natural response to bones that are fractured or broken.
Traditional gum flap surgery for treating gum disease entails the removal of gum tissue, which unfortunately includes healthy tissue. It’s nearly impossible to target only unhealthy cells with traditional gum surgery and because of this, healthy tissue is also lost.
Because LANAP laser gum surgery is so precise, its more tolerable and less painful. Furthermore, the long-term results are much more predictable and better than traditional surgical methods.
The popularity of the LANAP procedure is proof to its remarkable success rates. More and more patients are selecting this treatment option to improve their oral health which helps to increase its popularity. Studies have shown that bone regeneration occurred in half of teeth that were treated. Laser gum surgery achieves results that were once thought to be impossible.
Factors that contribute to the success rate of laser gum surgery:
- Because it’s minimally invasive, it promotes fast healing.
- Patients experience less discomfort than traditional flap surgery. Many patients do not need any pain medication at all.
- Short recovery time. Many patients go back to work within hours of surgery.
- Recession is minimal and often eliminated.
- It does not require any cutting or suturing.
- Patients experience little to no bleeding. The lasers control the bleeding effectively, reducing possible complications.
- The procedure helps patients maintain their natural teeth, preserving existing teeth that may otherwise be lost.
- The only procedure available that can facilitate regeneration of the bone.
- Laser gum surgery is extremely safe.
LANAP Risks and Side Effects
Any time a patient undergoes a dental procedure involving scalpels, drills or even lasers, there is always the risk of complications. These side effects are rare and can include: TMJ, tooth or gum pain, headache, sensitivity to hot and cold, bleeding, swelling, infection, muscle soreness, soft tissue numbness and shrinkage of gum tissues.
Laser Gum Surgery Cost
Laser gum surgery can cost slightly more than traditional flap surgery. The cost will depend upon the condition of your mouth and the severity of gum disease present. Schedule a consultation today at our office near Dallas, TX so we can give you a price estimate for your case.
Laser Gum Surgery Recovery
Patients experience minimal post-operative discomfort since the LANAP laser gum treatment does not require any cutting or stitching of the gums.
The primary benefits of laser gum surgery compared to the usual, cut-and-sew flap surgery are:
- Less pain
- Less bleeding
- Less sensitivity
- Less gum shrinkage
- Less swelling
- Very little downtime after the procedure
- Fewer post-op infections
- Promotes regeneration of supporting gum tissues and bone
- Healing is faster and more comfortable
For patients worried about traditional scalpel surgery to treat their gum disease, LANAP can be a life-changing experience. Patients are often able to keep their natural teeth, improve their smile and bypass potentially dangerous systemic effects of untreated gum disease.
Does Laser Gum Surgery Hurt
Local anesthesia is used during the surgery, making it painless. If you are nervous, sedation is also an option but you will need a ride home afterward. Pain medication is not usually needed following surgery and any pain can be managed with Ibuprofen.
Will I be in Pain after LANAP?
The lasers used for LANAP seal nerve endings, lymphatics and blood vessels, making the sense of recovery immediate. However, your tissue and bone will still need time to heal, recover and regenerate. It’s normal to have some soreness, throbbing or achiness. You may be prescribed an antibiotic to fend off any potential infections that may develop.
If you do not receive any sedation for laser gum surgery, you can leave and go back to work and continue your normal routine! Contact our office today near Dallas, Texas to schedule a consultation for LANAP and see how we can improve your smile and overall oral health.