Periodontal disease is successfully treated with a combination of scaling and root-planing. Pockets of infection are prodded and cleaned with antiseptic solutions and antibiotics, new bone growth is generated, and the gum tissue gets reattached. The recent introduction of Laser-Assisted Regeneration (LAR) treatment has taken periodontics by storm. The thought of using lasers rather than invasive dental tools to clean and regenerate infected gums appeals to many as a less invasive a desirable option.
What is LANAP® (Laser-Assisted Regeneration (LAR)LANAP® laser surgery is an FDA-approved laser treatment for gum disease. It offers a less painful treatment alternative to conventional periodontal surgery. LANAP is presented as the only scientifically, research-proven method that achieves the ultimate in periodontal regeneration, new bone growth, and gum tissue reattachment.
How LANAP® Works
LANAP and LAR use a variable pulsed Nd:YAG laser to clean up plague and tarter deposits and reattached gum tissue. Seven variable pulse durations applied like different lasers offer periodontists options while manipulating tissue interactions. The treatment targets the source of the inflammation without damaging healthy gum tissue or negatively affecting tissue reattachment or pocket depth.
The Benefits of LANAP®
- Less pain
- Less bleeding
- Less sensitivity
- Less gum loss
- Less swelling
- Little downtime after treatment
- Fewer Post-op infections
- Promotes regeneration of supporting gum tissues
- Faster healing and more comfortable overall periodontal experience
Traditional Periodontal Surgery
During traditional gum surgery, a cut is made in the tissue to expose the infected area. The procedure can result in an aesthetic alteration of your gum line. Once the affected area is clean, other treatments, such as bone and tissue grafts, regenerate bone loss. The consensus indicates that traditional periodontal surgery may be best for severe gum disease. It also offers treatment methods tailored to the severity of the condition.
Comparisons between the two treatment methods are based on 4 factors.
Pain– Traditional surgery may be more painful as it requires cutting and suturing of the gums. The LANAP® protocol causes considerably less discomfort and rarely requires post-operative pain medication. Minimal recovery time is needed.
Recession – Traditional periodontal surgery uses a blade to cut into the gum line. The action sometimes results in gum recession. The recessed gum line exposes tooth roots: the roots become sensitive to hot and cold. Laser surgery is less invasive and more selective, removing only damaged tissue while not impacting nearby healthy gums and bones.
Healing Time– LANAP® does not require surgical cutting, sutures of healthy tissue. It more accurately pinpoints the tissue it removes. The result is more rapid healing. The laser itself also kills bacteria, thus reducing inflammation.
Long-term results– LANAP® protocol results are more predictable in terms of bone regeneration and tissue attachment. Patients see significant improvement after the protocol in terms of bone regeneration and reattachment of healthy connective tissue.
If you have questions regarding which procedure is right for you, Think Implants and Periodontics has the answers. Call us now at (610) 550-3333. Think Oral Implants and Periodontics, office located at 250 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 215, Paoli, PA 19301