Laser Assisted Gum Disease Treatment No Cutting, Easy Healing, No Fear
Why consider laser assisted gum disease treatment? If you have been told by your dentist that you need gum surgery or scaling and root planning, there is another way.
The advantages of this treatment, called LANAP, are these
No Cut, No Sew, No Fear
Healing Of Gum itself
Potential Bone Growth
Discomfort, No Pain
Back To Work Or Play Immediately
Lasers entered the realm of dentistry in the late 1980s. While the uses for dental lasers were still being discovered, the clinical evidence showed one laser stood above the rest. It was specifically designed to eliminate gum disease and grow bone back with NO CUTTING, EASY HEALING, AND NO FEAR.
Lasers are specific wavelengths of light that are created when a powerful beam of white light is passed through a substance that alters the wavelength, such as a crystal or gemstone. The frequency of the wavelength determines what a laser can and cannot do.
One of the first and most successful – the Nd YAG laser – became available in 1998. I know because I was at the first seminar to unveil this laser. Nd YAG stands for the words neodymium – yttrium aluminum garnet, the substance the light passes through to create the laser beam.
The Nd YAG laser is the only FDA-approved laser that is used for treating periodontal disease. Why? Because it is the only laser that does not damage healthy gum tissue in treating gum disease.
Gum disease occurs when the bacteria living in the mouth settle between the teeth and gum, creating gum pockets separations that occur as the inflammation caused by the bacteria eat away the gum and bone. If untreated, the cycle of bacteria to inflammation to bone destruction goes on.
Aside from the surgical options, one option for treating gum disease is the standard scaling and root planning. This usually consists of 4 one-hour visits (or fewer) where the hygienist scales under the gum to remove all the tartar that has built up. The theory is that the removal of the under-the-gum irritant will heal the pockets. As popular as this procedure is, it is a closed procedure no one can see inside the pocket while doing the treatment. In addition, it does not treat the gums specifically, which are the inflamed tissue perpetuating the gum disease.