Understanding the different between traditional and LANAP ® gum surgeries, is important. At Think Oral Implants and Periodontics, Dr. Ting can explain the differences during your consultation at her dental office. When you need gum surgery, your oral health will be evaluated to help determine which surgery will benefit you best.
About Traditional surgery
Traditional surgery involves a scalpel that peels back gum tissue for access to periodontal pockets. The gums will be cut down to decrease pocket depth, which will cause changes to the smile. Once these pockets are cut down, tissue grafting may be used to reattach the gums best to the tooth root surface. This surgery can be painful because of the cutting and suturing.
About LANAP® surgery
Severe cases of periodontitis may benefit from this surgery. It doesn’t use a scalpel or stitches, making it a minimally-invasive treatment with little to no pain or discomfort. It doesn’t require any cutting of the gums to decrease pocket depth, which means there is little change to how your gums or smile looks. A laser is used to determine between healthy or diseased tissue, which leaves healthy tissues intact. This makes this surgery safe and effective. The laser will kill any living bacteria without compromising any healthy tissue, which speeds up healing. This is minimal recovery time needed and you can go back to your regular routine pretty quickly. This surgery gives more predictable results as it promotes better attachment and cell regeneration.
Learn the differences between LANAP and traditional gum surgeries
When you want to learn more about gum surgeries, schedule a consultation with our professional dental team by calling 610-550-3333. We use cutting-edge technology to help our patients treat their gum recession. During a consultation at Think Oral Implants and Periodontics, we can answer any questions you may have about the process and if you’re a candidate for this treatment. We serve patients in Paoli, Malvern, Berwyn, and the surrounding Pennsylvania communities with advanced periodontal procedures and dental implant treatments.