Pain-Free Gum Disease Treatment
Imagine a dental treatment that can effectively and comfortably treat gum disease without the need for scalpels or sutures. LANAP (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) Periodontal Laser Therapy is a cutting-edge technique that has transformed the way we address periodontal disease.
Our Tuckerton, NJ dentist, Dr. Ronald Petrosky offers this innovative approach that provides numerous benefits, making it a game-changer in the field of dentistry.
What Is LANAP?
LANAP stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, and it is an FDA-approved dental technique designed to treat gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. It was developed as an alternative to traditional gum surgery (periodontal flap surgery) and offers a minimally invasive and less painful approach to treating gum disease. The LANAP protocol uses a specialized laser to target and remove diseased gum tissue while preserving healthy tissue and promoting the regeneration of the attachment between the gums and teeth.
Benefits of LANAP
- Minimally Invasive: LANAP is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require cutting or sutures, reducing post-operative discomfort and promoting faster healing.
- Preserves Healthy Tissue: The laser precisely targets and removes only the diseased gum tissue, leaving healthy tissue intact, which aids in faster recovery.
- Faster Healing: The laser stimulates the body’s natural healing response, leading to faster healing times compared to traditional surgery.
- Less Discomfort: Patients often report less pain and discomfort during and after the procedure compared to traditional surgery.
- Reduced Risk of Infection: The laser’s high-energy beam sterilizes the treated area, reducing the risk of infection.
- Promotes Bone Regeneration: LANAP can stimulate bone regeneration, which is beneficial in cases where bone loss has occurred due to advanced gum disease.
Who Is a Candidate for LANAP?
LANAP is suitable for many patients experiencing gum disease, ranging from mild to moderate and even some severe cases. Candidates for LANAP typically include those who:
- Have been diagnosed with gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis).
- Prefer a minimally invasive treatment option.
- Desire faster healing and recovery times.
- Want to preserve as much healthy gum tissue as possible.
- Are looking for a treatment that stimulates bone regeneration.
- Wish to avoid traditional gum surgery and its potential side effects.
However, LANAP might not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions or extensive gum and bone loss, and thus, a thorough evaluation by your Tuckerton dentist is essential.
How Does the Procedure Work?
- Initial Assessment: The LANAP procedure begins with a comprehensive examination of the patient’s mouth and the extent of gum disease. X-rays and other diagnostic tests may be performed to assess bone and tissue health.
- Laser Treatment: During the procedure, a specialized dental laser is used to gently remove diseased gum tissue and eliminate bacteria from the gum pockets. The laser energy also helps to promote blood clotting and stimulate the regeneration of the attachment between the gums and teeth.
- Scaling and Root Planing: After the laser treatment, Dr. Petrosky will perform scaling and root planing to remove any plaque, tartar, and bacterial toxins from the tooth roots and the pockets between the gums and teeth.
- Gum Pocket Compression: The laser is used again to compress the gum tissue against the tooth surface, sealing the gum pocket and creating a stable environment for healing.
- Follow-up Visits: Patients will need to attend regular follow-up visits to monitor their healing progress and ensure the gum disease is under control.
Frequently Asked Questions
LANAP (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is generally considered less painful than traditional gum surgery. The use of a dental laser in LANAP reduces the need for cutting and sutures, leading to reduced post-operative discomfort. Moreover, local anesthesia is administered during the procedure to ensure patient comfort.
The duration of the LANAP (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) can vary depending on the extent of gum disease and the number of teeth being treated. In most cases, LANAP is performed in one or more sessions, and each session may take approximately two to three hours.
LANAP (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) can be an effective treatment for various stages of gum disease, including mild to moderate cases. In some instances, it may also be used as a part of the treatment plan for severe gum disease, also known as advanced periodontitis. However, the effectiveness of LANAP in severe cases may depend on several factors, such as the extent of gum and bone loss, the overall oral health of the patient, and their response to the treatment.
Whether LANAP (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is covered by dental insurance can vary depending on the specific insurance plan. Some dental insurance providers may cover a portion of the cost for LANAP treatment, while others may not provide coverage at all.
Experience Pain-Free Gum Disease Treatment at Tuckerton Dental!
LANAP Periodontal Laser Therapy is a groundbreaking advancement in the field of dental care, offering a minimally invasive, effective, and comfortable alternative to traditional gum surgery. With its numerous benefits and ability to stimulate tissue regeneration, LANAP has become an increasingly popular choice for patients seeking a modern and less painful solution to gum disease. If you believe you may be a candidate for LANAP, consult with your qualified Tuckerton, NJ dentist by giving Tuckerton Dental a call at (609) 296-1007 to determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs