Laser Periodontics – Mayfield Heights, OH
The Most Comfortable Way to Treat Gum Disease
Gum disease can be devastating if it is ignored, but the good news is that the constant march of technology has given Dr. Ross plenty of ways to treat even the most complex issues. Like osseous surgery, laser periodontics can be used to regrow the tissues and bone that were destroyed by gum disease – but with far less pain and a much shorter recovery time. To learn more about LANAP and how our team at Ross Periodontics & Dental Implants can use it to save your smile, get in touch with us today.
Why Choose Ross Periodontics & Dental Implants for Laser Periodontics?
- Procedures Designed to Be as Comfortable as Possible
- We Explain Every Treatment So You Fully Understand Why You Need It
- Board-Certified Periodontist
What is LANAP?
LANAP stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure. It is a different form of surgery for treating advanced gum disease. After the mouth is numbed with local anesthesia, we’ll focus a short-duration laser pulse on the pockets that have formed between your teeth and gums. This kills the harmful bacteria and pathologic proteins that are attacking the tooth roots. The procedure is performed to save infected tissue while preserving connective tissue, hence giving the gums a chance to recover.
Why Patients Love LANAP
When given a choice, many patients will choose LANAP over traditional surgery for the following reasons:
- The soft tissue laser allows us to avoid cutting and stitching the gums so that you won’t have to worry about post-operative discomfort.
- Recovery takes less than 24 hours (as opposed to traditional surgery, which usually requires a healing time of two to four weeks).
- Thanks to the stimulation from the laser, the gums and bone will start to heal without the need for artificial growth factors.
Is LANAP Right for You?
Most people with some form of periodontal disease can get LANAP. It’s generally recommended to anyone who is a potential candidate for periodontal surgery; this typically means having gum pockets that are at least 5 mm deep or having loose teeth due to an infection. LANAP is safe for patients who are pregnant, diabetic, or have other ongoing health issues.
LAPIP for Peri-Implantitis
If an infection forms around your dental implant (a condition known as peri-implantitis), you’re in very real danger of losing your new tooth or teeth. To treat the infection without damaging or removing the implant post, we can use the LAPIP protocol. Similar to LANAP, LAPIP is a minimally invasive laser-based approach to get rid of harmful bacteria and give the surrounding soft tissue and bone a chance to regrow and reattach to the teeth.
How Does LAPIP Work?
First, we insert the laser into the pockets that have formed in the gums and use it to kill bacteria and remove diseased tissue. Once all infectious materials are gone, an ultrasonic instrument further sterilizes the area, and the laser is used once again afterward just to make sure the pocket is as clean and infection-free as possible. At this point, the gums should be able to heal around the post again, and the underlying bone tissue can continue to fuse with the implant.