Tigard, OR Laser Periodontal Surgery
Creative Solutions for Gum Disease
The recent development of lasers has helped many professionals make strides in their industries, and the oral care and hygiene industry is no exception. Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) was developed and approved in 2004 as a laser treatment to combat periodontal disease. The surgical procedure has since been adopted by many surgeons and is praised for its accuracy and precision in removing gum tissue from around teeth. At Progressive Periodontics, our Tigard, OR laser periodontal surgeon is specifically trained to use LANAP and has performed the procedure countless times successfully, leaving patients with healthy gums.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal or gum disease occurs when the tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place become infected by bacteria and tartar. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NICDR), the disease afflicts mainly adults in their 30's and 40's.
The first stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis, and can typically be treated with daily flossing, brushing, and regular cleaning from a dentist. However, if left untreated, the gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, which causes the gums to pull away from the teeth and form pockets that can become infected. This condition, if severe, can lead to bone loss in the jaw and a weakening of the ligaments that hold your teeth in place, causing teeth to loosen. It is when gum disease becomes serious that gum surgery is required for treatment.
Gum disease can be caused by:
- Poor oral hygiene, including lack of daily flossing and/or brushing
- Certain medications
- Chronic illnesses like diabetes
- Genetic predispositions
What is LANAP?
LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is an FDA-approved laser treatment for patients with periodontal disease. It is a less painful, more successful treatment alternative to conventional gum surgery, and has been scientifically proven to generate new bone growth and help gum tissue to reattach.
During the treatment, the PerioLase MVP-7 dental laser is used instead of a scalpel. The laser fiber is inserted between the gum and tooth, without cutting the gums. The laser light energy targets the source of the inflammation without hurting or removing any healthy gum tissue. After the treatment, the tops of your teeth are adjusted to keep from hitting the others.
Benefits of LANAP
Because of its precision as a surgical tool, LANAP comes with many benefits that traditional gum surgery can’t offer, and is the only procedure that can regenerate the bone supporting the teeth. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), no general anesthetic is needed for using LANAP, which can reduce unwanted side effects of the drug after the operation.
Other benefits of using LANAP surgery include:
- Less pain than traditional gum surgery
- Less bleeding
- Less sensitivity following treatment
- Less gum loss
- Less swelling
- Very little downtime following treatment
- Less post-op infections
- Promotes regeneration of supporting gum
- Healing is perceived to be faster and more comfortable than traditional surgery
It’s worth noting that blood clots form after laser gum surgery, which must not be touched unless otherwise instructed by a dental professional. Our team provides in-depth aftercare instructions so you can feel prepared to care for your gums after your surgery. We’re also available to answer any questions you may have by phone – your well-being is our priority.
Call our Tigard, OR team with questions regarding laser periodontal surgery at (503) 966-3780 – we’re happy to demystify the process and explain its many benefits.
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