80% of the adult population has some form of periodontal disease, with 100 million Americans having moderate to severe periodontitis. The destructive effects of this condition cause bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, and eventual tooth loss.
Our goal is to help prevent, detect, and treat periodontal disease in its early stages before it becomes advanced. However, for the many patients who have moderate to severe periodontitis, we are now able to offer a new FDA approved Laser treatment without the cutting, sutures, and pain of traditional gum surgery.
LANAP™ or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, utilizes safe and proven laser technology to gently remove harmful bacteria and diseased tissue from the gums while leaving the healthy tissue intact for reattachment purposes. The very small laser point is used between the gum and tooth to remove only the diseased tissue which is a darker color than healthy tissue. The doctor uses the laser again to heat and form a clot to help protect the newly treated gum tissue. Quite simply, the laser is able to form a clean, closed, and stable environment, allowing the body to heal itself naturally and regenerate lost bone.
The only FDA approved laser-based treatment for gum disease, LANAP™ is the only procedure that actually helps the bone supporting your teeth to regenerate. This laser-based approach to treating gum disease makes it easier for you to return your gums to health and the process is far more comfortable and much less invasive than gum surgery. You will experience less pain, faster healing, reduced risk of infection, decreased sensitivity, and less gum recession. In fact, 98% of LANAP™ treated patients remain stable after five years.
1. Perio probe indicates excessive pocket depth
2. Laser light removes bacteria and diseased tissue
3. Ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments are used to remove root surface tarter
4. Laser finishes cleaning pocket and aids in sealing the pocket closed so new germs cannot enter
5. Bite is adjusted
6. New attachment and bone growth to clean root surface occurs. Healing occurs.
7. Bone regeneration
Contact us for more information about Laser Dentistry.