Advancements in periodontal treatment continue to improve experiences for patients in many ways. One of the most important of these is the use of laser surgery to treat a variety of gum disease conditions.
PerioLase for LANAP is the only laser approved by the FDA
The introduction of laser surgery is a modern approach to treating gum disease that allows periodontists to remove only diseased tissue without removing any surrounding healthy gum tissue. This non-surgical technique means that patients can get the best possible results without unnecessary pain or lengthy healing times.
One of the most advanced procedures is Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) which is the only laser approved by the FDA to treat gum disease. It does not require cutting or stitching to treat a gum infection which results in several benefits for Dr. Ting’s periodontal patients.
The Benefits of LANAP
The greatest fear many dental patients have is going through pain and discomfort for any kind of advanced procedure. However, LANAP addresses this problem in many different ways.
- Because there is no stitching or cutting, the amount of pain following a procedure is greatly diminished. This means that there is also a shorter recovery time as well.
- In addition, because the procedure is less invasive, larger parts of the mouth can be worked on at a time. In many cases, gum disease treatments using LANAP can be completed in just two appointments.
- The laser also just targets bacteria, meaning that less overall tissue needs to be removed.
- Using the laser also immediately clots blood to help prevent new bacteria growth and provide for a more rapid recovery.
Patients who are more receptive to addressing their gum disease problems are less likely to lose teeth and have other related health issues including heart disease, stroke, respiratory problems, and diabetes.
The LANAP procedure
Typically, Dr. Ting can complete a LANAP procedure for an entire mouth in two 2-hour visits or one 4-hour visit. Choosing a surgical option can take twice as many visits to achieve the same results.
Once the extent of the gum disease has been determined, Dr. Ting will use a PerioLase laser to selectively remove bacteria and diseased tissue from the pocket of a gum/tooth interface. Bacteria absorb the laser energy and are killed. Ultrasonic scalers are then inserted into the pocket and sound waves break up hardened tartar from the surface of the tooth. The laser is again inserted to stimulate healing and form a stable clot. Recovery is very often pain free and bloodless with recovery taking place in 24 hours or less.