LANAP® Laser Gum Surgery in Greater Lake Jackson
Periodontal disease is unfortunately a common and frequently ignored illness, and many people with periodontal disease go untreated until advanced stage symptoms such as bleeding or receding gums appear.
Perhaps one reason that periodontal disease doesn’t garner the attention that it deserves is that most sufferers are unaware of the effect that periodontal disease has on other medical conditions. Studies have linked periodontal, or gum, disease to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and pancreatic cancer.
However, periodontal disease sufferers have more options for noninvasive treatments than ever. 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?
Periodontal disease progresses 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. At Coastal Periodontics, Dr. Tredinick can evaluate your teeth and gums to determine whether you need specialized treatment for periodontal disease.
What Is LANAP Laser Treatment?
LANAP is a laser surgical procedure performed to eliminate the bacteria that cause bleeding gums, inflammation and other symptoms of gum disease. LANAP is performed with the PerioLase® MVP-7® and is the only FDA-cleared protocol for periodontal disease treatment. Our periodontist offers this laser gum surgery because 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 laser treatment. If you suffer from loose teeth or bleeding gums, our periodontist can help you determine whether 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®. This laser gum surgery can treat bone loss, inflammation and bleeding gums, without the scalpel and sutures associated with traditional surgery.
Basic Steps of the LANAP Laser Treatment
LANAP, a minimally invasive gum surgery alternative, is offered by Dr. Tredinick to patients with periodontal disease. The procedure is scheduled in two separate sessions of two hours each, generally divided into the left or right side of the mouth. LANAP allows patients to undergo treatment for advanced periodontal disease without enduring the pain and discomfort created by the use of scalpels or sutures.
LANAP Laser Gum Disease Treatment
To begin the procedure, we will measure your gum pockets with a probe to assess their depth and the amount of loss attachment. We then use the laser 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.
We displace calculus from your teeth with the assistance of ultrasonic scalers. Then we use the laser again to agitate the bone, tooth root and soft tissue, causing a bit of blood to accumulate around the teeth. This seals the healing environment. The periodontist will then press the gum tissue against the roots of the teeth.
There are no scalpels or sutures used in LANAP. The periodontist will adjust your bite and evaluate your teeth to assess any impact you may have experienced as a result of LANAP laser gum surgery.
Before you undergo LANAP laser gum disease treatment, Dr. Tredinick will discuss any post-procedure instructions or dietary restrictions unique to your needs. Most patients find that they can manage any discomfort using over-the-counter pain medication and return to work the following day.
Traditional Surgery vs. Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)
Patients undergoing LANAP laser gum surgery report less pain and faster recovery than with traditional surgery. Dr. Tredinick rarely prescribes pain medication after this procedure.
- When the periodontist performs LANAP laser treatment, 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 15 millimeters. However, the LANAP laser gum disease treatment does not require the cutting or subsequent suturing of healthy tissue. Dr. Tredinick uses the laser to eradicate diseased tissue.
- This 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 needed extraction.
Schedule Your Evaluation
Do you need periodontal disease treatment? Consider having LANAP laser treatment. This gum surgery alternative has proved successful for thousands of other patients around the country who wanted a less painful, less invasive way to treat periodontal disease.
Message us online or call Coastal Periodontics at 979-258-3491 to schedule your evaluation.