Laser Gum Surgery
Today, there is a laser alternative to traditional gum surgery! Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure or LANAP is an amazing breakthrough in periodontal treatment and we offer it right here in Bangor at Broadway Dental Excellence.
More than 80% of U.S. adults suffer from some degree of gum disease. It is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum or Periodontal disease starts off as plaque which hardens and eventually turns into tartar or calculus. These calculus deposits harbor bacteria and cause the gums to become infected. In the early stages, this is called Gingivitis. Most people have varying degrees of Gingivitis, which is characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss. In the later stages, Gingivitis progresses to Periodontal Disease. When Periodontal Disease is present, periodontal pockets have formed separating teeth from gums and the supporting bone structure. If left untreated, the infection becomes severe and the pockets deepen, resulting in tooth loss. The way to repair the damage is to get rid of the infection and close up the pockets. In the past, this meant an invasive periodontal surgery. Not today, thanks to LANAP!
HOW DOES LANAP WORK?
The objective of the LANAP procedure is not to shrink the gums, as is done in classic surgery, but rather to get the gums to seal back to the tooth with repair of lost tissue.
First, the laser removes the surface lining (epithelium) of the tissue facing the tooth. This leaves fresh (connective) tissue against the tooth to facilitate healing. Second, the laser kills many types of bacteria which cause gum disease. Third, the laser also stimulates the growth of new tissue.
However, this is only part of the process. There is also tooth cleaning and bone stimulation done with instruments. The bite is adjusted and there is a detailed post-operative management plan.
The LANAP procedure is the first and only to receive FDA clearance for True Regeneration, which is re-growing new cementum, new periodontal ligament, and new alveolar bone. These three components are needed for full oral function. The LANAP protocol has been in widespread use by the dental community for many years now.
DO ALL DENTISTS OFFER LANAP?
Not all dentists are trained in the LANAP procedure. Dr. Tozer received comprehensive, hands-on, clinical training over the course of a year at the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry and is a certified LANAP Regenerative Specialist for the treatment of periodontitis.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR LANAP TREATMENT?
The dentist will treat one half of your mouth in a session, under local anesthesia. You should be able to drive yourself home or back to work following the procedure. There is very little downtime with LANAP.
Individuals who have had LANAP continue to get their cleanings in our office. The hygiene staff uses the laser occasionally at a reduced, nonsurgical, setting.
IS LANAP COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Coverage of periodontal disease treatment varies by carrier. We can usually do a predetermination of benefits.
PRIMARY BENEFITS OF LANAP VS. TRADITIONAL SURGERY
- Less pain
- Less bleeding
- Less sensitivity
- Less gum loss
- Less swelling
- Very little downtime after treatment
- Less post-op infections
- Promotes regeneration of supporting gum tissues
- Healing is perceived to be faster and more comfortable than conventional surgery
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, don’t wait! Call Broadway Dental Excellence today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tozer to see if LANAP treatment is the best choice for you. Early treatment is critical and will help to ensure that you are able to keep your natural teeth for a lifetime!