In the past, treating periodontal disease was more invasive – and many times, more uncomfortable – than it is today with the help of soft tissue lasers. Our periodontist embraces the latest technology and surgical techniques to ensure that our guests receive high-quality, effective, and comfortable oral health care.
One way you can take advantage of laser dentistry is with a procedure called LANAP, which stands for laser-assisted new attachment protocol. LANAP is used for periodontal therapy to remove diseased tissue and debris without the need for scalpels and sutures. Since laser-assisted therapy doesn’t involve sutures, patients typically enjoy reduced recovery times.
How Laser Dentistry for Periodontal Therapy Works
While having your gum disease treated with a laser might seem like technology from a distant future, it is actually widely available to patients throughout the United States. Our practice uses a specific laser called PerioLase, which is designed for LANAP procedures. The PerioLase features a fiber on its end. This fiber, while small, emits an effective pulse of laser energy. This energy is used to open the gingiva, clean away infected debris, and remove gum tissue that cannot be saved. The laser’s fiber is also used to clean the roots of teeth to prevent the accumulation of new tartar.
After treatment, patients can leave our office with reduced recovery times and no sutures to remove. When compared to conventional periodontal surgery, LANAP is far less invasive and traumatic to tissue; therefore, able to improve a person’s comfort and recovery times.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
There are quite a few benefits to receiving laser dentistry. Beyond reduced invasiveness and recovery times, patients might enjoy:
- Reduced bleeding
- Optimal tissue preservation
- New tissue generation
- Reduced periodontal pocket depth
Since periodontal disease is such a threat to your health, it is important to see a professional as soon as possible. Our practice treats all forms of gum disease including complex cases. Call us today at Park Cities Periodontics & Implant Dentistry to schedule an appointment.