LANAP Laser Treatment in Greater Lake Jackson
Periodontal disease is unfortunately, a common and frequently ignored illness. The majority of people with periodontal disease may go untreated until advanced stage symptoms like bleeding gums or receding gums appear. Perhaps one reason that periodontal disease does not garner the attention that it deserves is that most sufferers are unaware of the effect that periodontal disease has upon other medical conditions.
Periodontal, or gum disease, has been found to negatively impact heart disease, diabetes, and pancreatic cancer. Lake Jackson periodontist Dr Marie-Claire Tredinick successfully treats gum disease using the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP).
Do I Have Periodontal Disease if I Have Bleeding Gums?
The symptoms of periodontal disease progress in stages. It begins with inflammation and bleeding gums and advances to receding gums and loose teeth. In the later stages, tooth loss and bone deterioration occur. Dr. Tredinick can evaluate your teeth and bleeding gums to determine whether you need treatment for periodontal disease.
What is LANAP?
LANAP is a laser surgical procedure performed by our Lake Jackson periodontist Dr. Tredinick that eliminates the bacteria that cause the bleeding gums, inflammation, and other symptoms associated with gum disease. LANAP® is performed with the PerioLase® MVP-7® and is the only FDA cleared protocol for the treatment of periodontal disease. Dr. Tredinick offers this laser gum surgery as patients experience less pain and discomfort than they do with traditional surgery.
Should I Consider LANAP for Bleeding Gums?
Any patient with periodontal disease is generally a good candidate for LANAP®. If you suffer from loose teeth or bleeding gums, Dr.Tredinick can help you determine if this is the right procedure for you during a consultation.
Dr. Tredinick is trained and certified in the use of LANAP® using the PerioLase® MVP-7®. When used to treat bone loss, inflammation, and bleeding gums with this method, patients can enjoy the results of a successful treatment without the scalpel and sutures associated with traditional surgery.
Basic Steps of the LANAP Protocol
The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®), a minimally invasive gum surgery alternative, is offered by Dr. Tredinick to patients suffering from periodontal disease. The procedure is scheduled in two separate sessions of two hours each, generally divided into left or right side of the mouth. This highly successful gum surgery alternative allows patients to undergo treatment for advanced periodontal disease without enduring the pain and discomfort created by the use of scalpels or sutures.
A Gum Surgery Alternative
To begin the procedure, we will measure your gum pockets with a probe to assess their depth and the amount of loss attachment. The laser is then used in this gum surgery alternative to selectively target and eliminate the bacteria and any diseased tissue from your mouth. The pulsed laser wavelength allows it to distinguish between healthy and diseased tissue, leaving your health gums intact.
Calculus will be displaced from your teeth with the assistance of ultrasonic scalers. The laser is used again to agitate the bone, tooth root, and soft tissue, creating a bit of blood to accumulate around the teeth. This seals the healing environment. Dr. Tredinick will then press the gum tissue against the tooth roots. There are no scalpels or sutures used in this gum surgery alternative.
Dr. Tredinick will adjust your bite and evaluate your teeth to assess any impact you may have experienced as a result of this gum surgery alternative.
Post Procedure Instructions
Before you undergo this gum surgery alternative, Dr. Tredinick will discuss any post-procedure instructions or dietary restrictions unique to your needs. Most patients find that they are able to manage any discomfort using over-the-counter pain medication and return to work the following day. This gum surgery alternative offers benefits not afforded by traditional surgery.
Traditional Surgery vs Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)
Patients undergoing this gum surgery alternative report less pain and less downtime than with traditional surgery. Dr Tredinick rarely prescribes pain medication after this procedure.
- When Dr Tredinick performs this gum surgery alternative, the inflammation in your mouth is significantly reduced within the first session. This results in better oral health almost instantly.
- With traditional surgery to treat periodontal disease, your periodontist would need to cut into healthy gum tissue to allow access and visibility to the treatment site. This method, in itself, can create gum recession. Traditional surgery has been shown to cause gum recession in ranges as small as two millimeters to as large as fifteen millimeters. LANAP® gum surgery alternative, however, does not require the cutting or subsequent suturing of healthy tissue. Dr Tredinick uses the laser to eradicate diseased tissue.
- This laser gum surgery alternative has far reaching benefits that cannot be matched by traditional surgery. During LANAP®, Dr Tredinick uses the laser to stimulate the bone and tooth root. This catalyzes the regeneration of your bone, reversing the effects of periodontal disease. It is possible to save your teeth, which if treated by any other means, would have necessitated extraction.
Schedule Your Evaluation
Do you need treatment for periodontal disease? Consider having LANAP®, the gum surgery alternative. This gum surgery alternative has proved successful for thousands of other patients around the country who wanted a less painful, less impactful way to treat periodontal disease.
Contact us online or call Coastal Periodontics at 979-258-3491 to schedule your evaluation.