5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LASER GUM THERAPY

5 things you should know about laser gum therapy

If your doctor informed you about a practically painless surgery that used a laser instead of a scalpel, would you be more compelled to try it? For those who may have put off surgery out of fear, lasers have changed the face of medicine. And the same goes for the use of the LANAP laser in dentistry.

Unfortunately, far too many people don’t get the gum disease treatment they need out of fear of going under the knife. Without dental treatment, patients face significant dental health risks, such as tooth and jawbone loss. But a new procedure called LANAP is helping to change the grim outlook anxious dental patients once faced.

 

1. WHAT IS LANAP?

LANAP is a periodontal treatment that stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. Where traditional gum therapy treatments involve the surgical removal of diseased gum and bone tissue, LANAP uses a specially designed pulse laser to treat the effected area without the need for scalpels and sutures.

2. HOW DOES IT WORK?

When someone has periodontitis, a gap forms between the gum and the tooth that starts to collect bacteria which slowly eats away at the tissue. LANAP gum therapy directs a laser into this pocket between tooth and gum that gently burns away and sterilises the outer diseased layers while causing minimal damage to the healthy tissue beneath. The site is then sealed so no further bacteria can take hold, allowing the area to heal naturally.

3. ARE THERE BENEFITS OVER TRADITIONAL GUM THERAPY?

There are two key benefits to LANAP over traditional gum therapy.

Firstly, traditional gum therapy is considered an invasive procedure that involves slicing open the gum and removing diseased tissue with a variety of manual tools before suturing the gum back together. LANAP, however, is considered minimally invasive as it does not involve slicing or suturing the gum. This results in much less discomfort for you during the procedure and much less post-operative pain afterwards. Recovery times are also generally faster with LANAP gum therapy, around 24 hours.

Secondly, traditional gum therapy can result in noticeable tissue volume loss in the gum, tooth, and surrounding bone. The whole point behind LANAP gum therapy — the ‘New Attachment’ part of the name — is that only dead and diseased tissue is removed and healthy tissue is allowed to heal itself naturally, resulting in minimal, if any, tissue volume loss. Not only is this more aesthetically pleasing, it’s functionally better for your mouth and helps prevent future tooth loss.

4. HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?

The LANAP gum therapy itself is performed over two 2-hour sessions, with two follow-up sessions afterwards. The regrowth of normal, healthy tissue is up to your body and can take anywhere from 6-12 months in total.

5. WHO IS LANAP GUM THERAPY SUITABLE FOR?

LANAP gum therapy is an ideal solution for anyone with periodontitis, particularly those who are afraid of scalpels, needles, stitches, and other surgical tools and devices. It’s great for those who are put off the idea of having treatment for fear of pain, as the treatment itself is much more comfortable than traditional gum therapy, and it’s also a good idea for people who are generally time-poor as there are fewer post-operative checkups.

Call our office or contact us online to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.

Sincerely,

Magic Smile Dental
(908) 486-5000
magicsmiledental@gmail.com

Linden NJ Dentist

Call us at (908) 486-5000 to schedule an appointment, or click here to fill out our appointment form. Dr. Anatoly Bensianoff, your Linden NJ dentist, offers dental services to the residents of Linden, Roselle, Roselle Park, Elizabeth, Rahway, Cranford, Clark, Kenilworth, Garwood, Carteret, Avenel, Union, Colonia, Hillside, Staten Island, Port Reading, and Westfield.

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