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Laser treatment for periodontal disease is referred to amongst field professionals as Laser Periodontal Therapy, or LANAP. The procedure itself is a technique that is aimed at treating periodontal gum disease through the use of a PerioLase Laser.
Using Laser Periodontal Therapy as a means by which to treat periodontal disease offers a great option to those who have been told by their dentist or periodontist that they require gum surgery. The recovery time is shorter with LANAP than if the gum surgery requires cutting of the gum and as a result stitches.
Benefits of Laser Periodontal Therapy
Treatment of periodontal disease is much more effective with the use of a laser. Not only does it cause less swelling, bleeding, less tissue and overall less pain; but it also is less invasive than other periodontal gum surgeries and therefore requires less recovery time.
Some other benefits of LANAP include:
A shorter time in the actual periodontal surgery
Laser Periodontal Therapy is more effective than alternative surgery methods and overall less traumatic for the patient
Results of LANAP have been said to be longer lasting than those of alternative treatment methods, where studies show that 98% of those patients that received Laser Periodontal Therapy remain stable after a five year period
LANAP is safe for patients who suffer from other chronic illnesses that may render them not suitable candidates for alternative methods of periodontal surgery.
How Does Laser Periodontal Therapy Treat Periodontal Disease?
LANAP is an effective and efficient, less invasive way to treat periodontal disease. The procedure uses digit dental lasers to remove the existence of harmful bacteria within the gum pocket or pockets, as well as damaged tissue that may remain intact.
Post removal of bacteria and damaged tissue the periodontist will then use the laser to seal up the infected pockets. Using such a digital dental laser to cauterize the wound not only results in limited to no bleeding, but it also seals the nerve endings resulting in little to no pain.
The whole procedure itself is virtually pain-free, but in an effort to ensure such painlessness, your periodontist will administer a simple local anesthetic for added comfort. With this procedure being virtually the same price as alternative surgery methods (typically speaking), less invasive and thus less painful, as well as more effective LANAP makes for an ideal solution to those in need of periodontal surgery.
Please contact us if you have any questions about gum disease.