Laser Gum Treatment
One of the most recent developments in periodontal treatment is the use of a specialized laser to remove diseased gum tissue in a minimally invasive manner, decreasing the likelihood of post-operative pain and swelling in comparison to traditional gum surgery. LANAP, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, creates an environment for regeneration of healthy tissue around your teeth which has been lost due to gum disease.
What should you expect during the LANAP procedure?
Before the procedure begins, your periodontist will take x-rays and perform periodontal charting to determine how far the gum disease has spread. You will normally receive a local anesthetic to minimize any pain and discomfort. The diseased tissue is removed using the specialized laser, and the healthy tissue is left unaffected. Any plaque and tartar is also removed from the root surface of the tooth. Using a different setting, the laser is then used to close the surgical area, allowing healing to take place from within.
Post-operative instructions will be given to you following the procedure. You will be instructed to stay on a liquid diet for the first 24 hours after the surgery, and a soft food diet for the next 2-6 days after that. It is recommended that you also limit physical or strenuous activity for the first 24 hours after the surgery. It is important for healing that the blood clot form in the treated area, so avoid chewing food in the surgical area, as well as applying excessive pressure with the tongue.
Benefit of Laser Gum Treatment
- The laser is used to kill bacteria in diseased gum tissue while avoiding healthy gum tissue
- Minimally-invasive procedure allows for faster recovery and minimal post-operative pain
- LANAP is far more precise compared to traditional gum surgery, which allow for the preservation of healthy gum tissue
- Prevents infections from reoccurring
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