LANAP® Laser Gum Surgery in Columbia, MD
LANAP® Laser Gum Surgery vs. Traditional Gum Surgery
80% of adults in the U.S. suffer from some degree of gum disease. If you’ve been told that you have gum disease and that surgery will be required, it’s important to know the difference between traditional gum surgery and laser gum surgery.
There are several types of traditional gum surgery.
Gingival flap surgery is the type often used to treat gum disease. The doctor utilizes a scalpel so the gum tissue can be folded back for visibility and to clean the pocket and reduce the pocket depth. The pocket depth is reduced by cutting away tissue. In many cases the additional use of bone grafting will be needed in order to help regenerate any bone or gum tissue lost to periodontitis. After the surgery, the surgeon will use stitches to put the gums back in place. Most people suffer mild to moderate pain after traditional gum surgery. It usually can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. There is also some risk of bleeding and swelling after gum surgery.
LANAP periodontal surgery is a full-mouth procedure usually completed in two, 2-hour visits.
The LANAP® protocol is the only laser gum disease treatment that is FDA cleared for true regeneration. It can re-grow the tissues and bone lost to gum disease. The LANAP=LAR (Laser Assisted Regeneration) procedure is one of the most successful protocols in treating periodontal disease because it can target the source of the inflammation without hurting or removing any healthy gum tissue, slow or stop attachment loss and decrease pocket depth. It allows the body to recover from the chronic infection without the need for a scalpel or for sutures. Compared to traditional surgery, patients have stated that the LANAP protocol is less painful and there is very little downtime after treatment.
As technology evolves and breakthroughs are made in dentistry, Howard County’s Smile Savers Dentistry is committed to offering the latest and most advanced treatments to our patients in order to provide the highest standard of care available. Utilizing a laser to treat periodontal disease is something that many patients can take advantage of, although not every patient is a candidate. If you’ve been told that you have gum disease and require surgery, please contact Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland at 410-730-6460 for a free consultation with Dr. Stewart to see if you are a candidate for LANAP®. *Free consultation offer expires July 31, 2016.
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