Are you experiencing gum soreness, bleeding, or swelling? Periodontal disease may be to blame. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is typically caused by bacteria getting into the gum “pockets” and causing irritation and discomfort. If left untreated, gum disease can lead increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or complete tooth loss. Traditional treatment methods for gum disease include grafting, or removal, of the infected gums or bone. This procedure is often quite painful and the gums can take a while to heal. Fortunately, a more gentle, minimally invasive technique known as Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP® is available to treat gum disease. Your dentist and their expert team in Fort Lauderdale, FL offer this groundbreaking procedure and advanced technologies to treat gum disease.
About the Procedure
LANAP includes the use of a gentle laser light to remove disease causing bacteria and infected gum and bone tissue while leaving healthy tissue unharmed. Advantages of using LANAP compared to traditional procedures include:
No scalpels or sutures
Minimal bleeding and pain
Multiple teeth can be treated at once
Faster healing and minimal downtime
Promotes health bone and gum regrowth
Can be used with dental implants in place
Your dentist understands the importance of maintaining the health of your teeth and gums, and preserving any tissue that is uninfected. Your dentist will clean any plaque buildup after the LANAP procedure, and the surrounding jaw bone is reshaped to allow healthy gum tissue reattachment and regrowth to the tooth or dental implant. The laser is then used to help promote blood flow to the area to speed up recovery time. For patients with dental implants, it is important to keep the bone and gums healthy. Your dentist understands this and will use the LANAP procedure help you keep your smile healthy. There is a reason so many of his patients are satisfied with their results!
What exactly is laser gum surgery you might ask? Well it involves using a dental laser to precisely remove any damaged gum tissue and clear away harmful bacteria that is associated with advanced gum disease. Also, there are quite a few different advantages of that laser surgery has when compared to traditional forms of gum surgery. To learn more about these advantages that you can find in Fort Lauderdale, FL please review the bullet points below:
Medical lasers are precise, so only the damaged tissue is removed. Healthy tissue is left intact.
Minimal bleeding is associated with laser gum surgery because there is no suturing involved.
The minimally invasive nature of laser gum surgery typically results in a faster healing time.
Addressing Gum Disease is Important
Gum disease if left untreated can eventually began to affect your overall health. This is because all of the bacteria if allowed to spread can travel from your mouth through your bloodstream throughout the rest of your body and begin to cause other system issues. These issues range from heart disease, diabetes and other serious health conditions. Also, in advanced stages of gum disease if treated the affects of the disease are no longer reversible. In addition, you can begin to suffer from tooth loss in advanced stages of gum disease. Laser gum surgery can prevent tooth loss and improve the health of your whole body.
We are often asked, “What are the advantages of laser treatment with LANAPⓇ (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) over conventional cutting and stitching surgery?” It is an exciting breakthrough in periodontal treatment and one we would want for ourselves if we had periodontal disease. (See LANAP treatment before and after photos below.)
(The photo on the left shows severe unsightly gum inflammation and infection before LANAP treatment. The photo on the right shows the inflammation and infection healed after LANAP treatment.)
It is much less invasive with minimal discomfort after the procedure. crowns You can return to work the next day.
It is the only treatment proven to kill all the bacteria in the pockets. We did the study that proved this and presented our findings to the American Academy of Dental Research. Scaling and root planing leaves behind millions of bacteria similar to trying to remove ants from an anthill with a spoon.
LANAP is the only procedure approved by the FDA to regenerate bone around teeth while cutting and stitching surgery almost always destroys bone. (See FDA Approval for LANAP for Bone Regeneration on page 35.)
There is much less gum recession and spacing between the teeth with LANAP, and it can be used to save teeth that previously would be extracted.
Advancements in laser dentistry have led to the creation of the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®). This procedure is an alternative to more traditional forms of gum surgery, and in addition to the fact that involves using advanced technology the LANAP® procedure is also minimally invasive meaning less discomfort for the patient. Let’s explore the benefits of LANAP® laser gum surgery.
Traditional gum surgery is thought to be more invasive because it involves suturing and gum grafting. However, the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) using advanced dental laser technology. The use of the laser means more precise ways to eliminate bad gum tissue while still leaving healthy gum tissue unaffected, and because the LANAP procedure is precise healing time is decreased.
The use of the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) encourages your gums to naturally reattach to your tooth and because of this gum tissue grafts are not needed. Essentially this also works to protect against developing bone loss or experiencing gum recession meaning stronger oral health.
The precision of dental lasers means that all of the bacteria within your mouth is eliminated as opposed to simply being taken from your mouth. With this precision comes the benefit of being highly unlikely to get an infection, experience any kind of major inflammation issues, or other additional complications.
If you would like to learn more about the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) then it would be beneficial if you reached out to our office to schedule a consultation. Our trained doctor will be able to give you a full examination and identify if the LANAP procedure is the best option for you.
Usually when you think of lasers there use in the field of dentistry is the last thing that might come to mind. Nevertheless, lasers have had a significant impact in the advancement of dentistry procedures and how they are performed since their FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval in 1991. As the name implies, lasers in dentistry are often used to correct oral issues relating to gum disease and other oral ailments and infections. Doctors Tom and Mike McCawley and their dental team at McCawley center for laser periodontics and implants utilize dental-grade lasers to help treat and correct their patient’s periodontal issues in a timely and substantial manor. We typically refer to this type of laser dentistry treatment to as LANAP® is also known as laser-assisted regeneration.
Type of laser
During their treatments, Drs. Tom and Mark utilize the PerioLase® MVP-7™ for their laser gum disease treatments the PerioLase® MVP-7™ is one of the most advanced and reputable lasers used in the dental field today that is cleared by the FDA. This advanced piece of dental technology is highly accurate and gives Drs. Tom and Mark a very precise way to eliminate periodontal infections that lay underneath the gum line these lasers are very selective in only looking for disease and bacteria without harming unaffected gum tissue.
Benefits of the LANAP treatment
The LANAP laser dentistry treatment offers many benefits to its recipients, such as:
Minimal pain during treatment
Less excessive bleeding after or post-treatment
Less sensitivity gum loss and or general swelling after the procedure
Less postoperative infections
Generally, it promotes regeneration of the supporting gum tissue and bone.
If you or a loved one is suffering from any stage of gum disease, we invite you to visit our offices located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to eliminate and treat your infection by extremely qualified and experienced dental professionals.
We look forward to helping you schedule an appointment with Drs. Mike and Tom, today.