Laser Gum Treatments (LANAP) vs. Traditional Gum Surgery
Traditional gum surgery requires cutting a patient’s gums with a sharp edged tool and sewing them back up when the surgery is done. There is a long recovery time associated with traditional gum surgery; so many patients have avoided getting gum surgery done in the past. However, with laser gum treatments (LANAP), gum surgery is no longer the ordeal it used to be. Laser gum treatment is the preferred option by many periodontists for the treatment of gum disease.
What is Laser Gum Treatment?
Laser gum treatment is a surgical therapy that focuses on regeneration instead of resection. Laser gum treatment has been in use for two decades and it has been continually improved upon since then. Laser gum treatment involves the use of a precision laser that eradicates the diseased and damaged parts of the gum tissue while leaving the healthy gum tissue intact. Laser gum treatment has quickly become the preferred method for treatment over traditional gum surgery due to numerous physical and psychological benefits. For example, many patients that have a fear of traditional surgery due to the cutting tools used during the procedure find the laser treatment to be less intimidating. This results in more patients being willing to undergo laser gum treatment instead of traditional gum surgery.
What are the Benefits to Using Laser Gum Treatment?
Laser gum treatments have numerous treatments over traditional gum surgery. These benefits include a quicker recovery time and less pain during the treatment. Additionally, here is a short list of some of the benefits to using laser gum treatment over traditional gum surgery:
- No healthy tissue is damaged during laser gum treatment. Traditional gum surgery requires the damaging of healthy tissues which can lead to other health issues like gum recession.
- Laser gum surgery can actually reverse the negative effects of gum disease. This allows patients who have undergone laser gum surgery to regenerate bone and help save their teeth. Traditional gum surgery does not offer this benefit.
- Patients who are not good candidates for traditional gum surgery due to health issues can still undergo laser gum treatment.
- Less pain and bleeding is involved with laser gum treatment over traditional gum surgery.
- Bacteria and inflammation are reduced in laser gum treatment over traditional gum surgery.
How is the Procedure Performed?
The patient is first given a local anesthetic to help with any pain or sensitivity issues. From there, the pocket depths of the patient’s gums are probed and the first pass with the laser begins. This allows for pathogens to be targeted and destroyed by the laser which results in the gums being disinfected. This process allows for the inflamed, infected, and diseased pockets to be carefully removed while keeping the healthy gum tissue intact. After the first pass, a second pass is performed with the laser to ensure that the pockets are properly closed and sealed. After the procedure is completed, there are post-operative instructions that patients must follow in order to maintain proper maintenance on their gums. Routine check-ups are issued to patients in order to make sure they’re healing properly.
Make an Appointment
If you think you could benefit from laser gum treatment, please contact the Az Perio Group with any questions that you may have or schedule an appointment with us. Dr. Trujillo is dedicated to helping all patients near the Phoenix, AZ, with their periodontal needs. We promise that he will be available to thoroughly examine your teeth and gums and then recommend the best treatment plan for you. His goal is to ensure all of his patients have healthy and happy gums and teeth by offering long term protection.
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