Research has shown that half of all American adults suffer from some form of periodontal disease, a condition that can affect much more than just your smile. Since periodontal disease involves bacterial growth inside of your mouth that can eventually seep into your bloodstream, periodontal disease has been tied to serious systemic problems including heart disease, diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.
Although removing plaque and tartar deposits is essential for controlling the spread of periodontal disease, a new laser method has been shown to be especially effective at helping people to recover from gum disease: LANAP.
LANAP, which stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, involves using a small periodontal laser probe to zap away bacteria and diseased tissue around the teeth. By destroying this bacteria, the gums and teeth can heal together properly, preventing future problems. The procedure is far less invasive than traditional scaling and planing procedures, and enables periodontists to significantly shorten treatment and recovery time—which helps to keep patients more comfortable.
LANAP has been shown to be effective in patients who suffer from moderate to severe periodontal disease. Before treatment begins, your teeth and gums will be carefully inspected to determine your level of disease progression. Gum disease progression is measured by the depth of the gingival pockets, which form as a natural inflammatory response to bacteria on the surface of the teeth.
If you are a candidate for LANAP, the procedure will begin by your periodontist numbing the area. After the anesthetic has taken effect, the periodontist will push the small periodontal laser probe into the gingival pocket, and then move the probe around the tooth to destroy bacteria. After the pockets have been cleaned, a sonic scaling tool will be used to clean the surface of the teeth below the gumline. After the teeth and the gingival pockets are cleaned and sanitized, your periodontist will use the LANAP tool to create a protective blood clot within the pocket, protecting the area as it heals. LANAP treatment typically takes two separate 2-hour visits with your periodontist, and patients need to eat a soft foods and liquid diet for up to three days following the procedure to protect the results.
LANAP has been shown to be incredibly effective in the fight against periodontal disease. Here are just a few of the reasons your Dental Excellence clinician might recommend LANAP as a treatment for gum disease.
Unlike traditional gum disease treatments, LANAP has been shown to eliminate as much as 99.9% of bacteria from the gingival pocket and within the surrounding tissues below the surface of the gums. This means that the germs that cause inflammation are less likely to survive, speeding healing.
Because LANAP lasers are designed to eliminate bacteria, they help to prevent infections that could damage your smile or hamper your recovery.
Traditional methods for gum disease treatment often involved peeling back the gums, scraping the surfaces of the teeth, and then removing damaged tissue. When the procedure was finished, patients were often left with stitches that had to be cared for and removed later. However, LANAP is a stitch-free procedure that is tolerated well by patients.
LANAP lasers emit a special type of light that passes through hydroxyapatite and water, while being absorbed by blood cells and melanin. This means that it destroys damaged tissue while preserving healthy areas, improving healing and preventing problems like gum recession.
Recovering from LANAP is very straightforward, and typically only involves a small amount of swelling and discomfort. Most patients return to work quickly after the procedure, saving you time and money.
After undergoing LANAP, patients experience cleaner, more comfortable teeth immediately, and the results can last for years. Also, because the procedure is so non-invasive, periodontists can touch up problem areas if they need to in the future.
Gum disease can be exceptionally dangerous, which is why you should schedule an appointment with Dental Excellence today. If you suspect that you have problems, contact our office to set up your consultation. Modern gum disease treatments are faster and more effective than ever before, helping you to protect the smile that you love. Dental Excellence services Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, and the greater Independence, MO area.