LANAP (laser-assisted new attachment procedure) means a more comfortable periodontal treatment in Washington, DC. In addition, the advanced LANAP technology negates the need for scalpels and fully invasive gum disease treatment.
As many as 50 percent of adults over the age of thirty have some level of gum disease—often undiagnosed. Treatment can feel daunting. LANAP makes it less so.
Fortunately, your periodontist at DC Perio & Implants can halt the progression and mitigate your risks for the severe consequences of advancing gum disease with technologies like LANAP and even restore much of your oral health.
Five Reasons We Use LANAP
Here are five reasons we use laser gum surgery at our Brentwood dental office.
1. Reduces Bleeding
Laser gum surgery reduces bleeding and thoroughly removes bacteria from the teeth and gum pockets. As a result, it reduces the effects of gum swelling and bleeding. Plus, this laser treatment can reduce your chances of needing future gum and teeth treatments.
2. Optimized for Patients
LANAP laser technology is entirely adjustable to meet the patient’s unique needs and treat various severities of gum disease. In other words, your Periodontist has total control of your procedure and can provide you with a personalized treatment plan.
3. Quick Recovery Time
Laser gum surgery has a quick recovery time, practically dividing the healing time in half! This is because the laser isn’t as invasive as other methods. Laser gum surgery is much faster and allows patients to recover more comfortably and quickly than traditional dental surgery.
4. Minimally Invasive
Laser gum surgery is minimally invasive, eliminating the need for noisy drills. Majority of patients report less pain and discomfort, so they feel more relaxed during laser treatment.
5. Keeps Your Smile Healthy
Laser gum surgery helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. This technology also removes cavities, bacterial infections, and more. Keeping your teeth healthy, in turn, helps ensure your gums are strong and healthy too.
How Does Laser Gum Surgery Work?
Laser gum surgery rebuilds the bones, preserves healthy teeth, and regenerates gum tissue––it’s a win-win-win! The periodontist uses a special laser to access infected periodontal pockets to eliminate bacteria and infected tissue. Next, the tooth roots are exposed, allowing the periodontist to remove calculus with a sonic tooth root cleaner. Lastly, the periodontist uses the laser to warm up stem cells, sealing the gum tissue around the teeth’s roots.
LANAP Technology and What to Expect
You likely imagine scalpels and a lengthy recovery when you think of gum disease treatment. But unfortunately, these associations can stop people from seeking treatment. LANAP changes these associations, making gum disease treatment accessible and far less daunting.
With LANAP, we can perform gum root planing (tooth root smoothing) painlessly and in far less time than with older methods. You’re also looking at a far shorter recovery time and minimal to no bleeding.
Laser dentistry at DC Perio & Implants can also mean forgoing intrusive surgery in favor of precision technology.
Additional benefits include:
- Targeted bacteria removal to mitigate infection risks
- No stitches following gum disease treatment
- Bolstering of healthy tissue regeneration
Simply put, lasers can accurately treat targeted locations without invading or exposing healthy tissue. When it comes to comfort and treatment ease, nothing beats the laser!