Benefits of LANAP
The procedure doesn’t seem very complicated, does it? It is not. However, despite the simplicity of the procedure, there are many benefits it offers over traditional gum disease treatment, including:
- No scalpel or stitches
- Preserves more gum tissue
- Laser sterilization of pocket
- Can promote gum regrowth
- Less discomfort
- Less bleeding
- Shorter recovery time
Because of these benefits, LANAP continues to grow in popularity as people discover this amazing procedure.
Treatment without Scalpels and Stitches
One of the things that can make you squeamish about gum disease treatment is the thought that a dentist might use a scalpel to cut your gums and potentially stitches to hold your gums in place after treatment.
With LANAP, River Edge dentist Dr. Martirossian doesn’t use either. There are no blades or needles in the LANAP procedure.
Preserving Your Gum Tissue
Gum disease leads to receding gums. We don’t want to accentuate that by removing any more gums than we absolutely have to. LANAP gives us the power to precisely target gum tissue with a laser beam that is only as wide as a few human hairs. This laser also selectively targets diseased tissue, which is darker than healthy tissue, so it heats up faster getting evaporated quickly, leaving the healthy tissue behind to begin healing.
Sterilizing the Pocket
A challenge of traditional gum disease treatment is how to make sure we’ve removed all bacteria. If we don’t remove all the bacteria, gum disease can simply come back quickly. However, LANAP kills off the most harmful bacteria in the periodontal pocket to promote healing.
Promoting Gum Regrowth
In traditional gum disease treatment, it’s very unlikely that your gums will regrow without using a gum graft. However, in LANAP, it’s quite likely that your gums will grow back. Even if you don’t see your gums grow back visibly, under the gums, your body will likely restore bone and even the periodontal ligament that attaches the tooth to your bone.
LANAP is a more comfortable approach to restoring your gum tissue because of the tools used. With the laser selectively targeting diseased tissue and leaving the healthy tissue alone, LANAP causes less discomfort, according to our River Edge patients.
Bleeding from gum disease treatment makes the procedure unpopular. Nobody wants to get a treatment that is going to hurt and cause a stressful amount of bleeding. LANAP reduces bleeding in two ways. First, it selectively targets diseased tissue, so there’s less damage to the healthy gum tissue and blood vessels. Next, the laser specifically causes the blood to create a special blood clot that stops bleeding.
Shorter Recovery Time
As we mentioned, the laser sets up the conditions for healing. The fibrous blood clot that the laser creates not only binds the gums to the tooth, but it also serves as a scaffold for the body to build new gum tissue. This speeds the recovery process so you can be healed in less time than traditional gum surgery.