One of the most important advances in dentistry in recent times has been the introduction of lasers in the treatment of gum disease. In laser gum therapy, a small amount of energy works with an FDA-approved laser that is directed between the gum and tooth to remove diseased gum tissue and promote healing.
Lasers have also been used to reshape gums to lengthen the tooth, remove unwanted hyperplastic growths of gum tissue after prolonged denture use. It is also used to improve access to decay that is covered with gum tissue.
By removing the diseased tissue, the laser eliminates infection within periodontal pockets without the need for surgery. This procedure, also known as Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, helps the gums reattach to the bone. No incisions are needed, unlike conventional gum surgery. The heat of the laser immediately stops bleeding, and the blood clot acts as a physical barrier preventing any further attack by gum disease causing bacteria.
The LANAP Procedure
- Gums are anesthetized to reduce any discomfort
- Periodontist uses a laser to destroy diseased gum tissue which is removed with the help of water and high powered suction. The laser sterilizes the pocket and helps in formation of a stable blood clot.
- Any remaining calculus and deposits are removed with the help of an ultrasonic scaler
- Periodontist uses the laser to stimulate the re-growth and re-attachment of the gum tissue to the bone
- Bite is adjusted to reduce load on the newly operated teeth
Advantages of laser gum surgery
- No incisions or sutures needed
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Rapid healing (less than 24-hour recovery period)
- Similar effects of conventional surgery achieved in less time with fewer appointments
- Laser disinfection of diseased periodontal pockets results in reduced need for prolonged antimicrobial drug therapy
- Can be used in patients with diabetes and bleeding disorders like hemophilia
The friendly team at Benjamin T. Duval DDS, LLC is prepared to assist you with laser gum treatment. Call to set up an appointment today.