Gum disease affects more than 80 percent of Americans. However, only 60 percent realize they suffer from it, and for those who do realize they have it, only about 3 percent will seek treatment. If left untreated, though, gum disease can lead to gum loss, bone deterioration, and the loss of teeth. However, your Independence, MO, dentist offers a minimally invasive way to treat gum disease with LANAP® laser dentistry. If you suffer from gum disease that is moderate or severe, you may benefit from this type of treatment.
What Is LANAP?
The LANAP protocol is a discrete, laser alternative to conventional surgery. Think of it as seven variable pulse lasers in one device. Often less painful than traditional surgery, it results in true periodontal regeneration and has been used by dentists for years. That means new bone growth and the reattachment of gum tissue. The LANAP protocol targets the inflammation source without hurting healthy gum tissue around it. The laser also stops or slows gum attachment loss and helps minimize pocket depth, which is where plaque often resides, resulting in gum disease.
The Many Benefits Of LANAP Laser Dentistry
Patients who elect to participate in a LANAP laser dentistry treatment can expect to experience many benefits, including:
- Minimal Post-treatment Pain – The LANAP protocol avoids gum cutting and stitching, making for a more comfortable post-treatment experience.
- Increased Recovery Time – The recovery time is generally less than 24 hours, meaning you can return to your regular, daily routines quicker. Compare that to traditional gum disease surgery, which can usually last two to four weeks.
- Healthier Gums – The LANAP treatment does not cut your gums. That means tissue stays intact, making for healthier gums, along with the roots of your teeth.
What To Expect During A LANAP Laser Dentistry Treatment
The dentist will perform a periodontal charting and take X-rays before the procedure to ensure a proper diagnosis. The treatment is usually performed in your dentist’s office. Local anesthesia will be used. A small, laser fiber will be placed between a tooth and the gum. Then any infections or disease is removed without the gum being cut. Teeth roots are then cleaned, removing plaque and tartar. The laser is next used with a different setting to seal the pocket. One half of your mouth is treated during each session, which lasts about two hours each. Most patients, too, can drive themselves back home or to work after the procedure.
Experience Our LANAP Laser Dentistry Treatment Firsthand
For more information about our LANAP laser dentistry treatment, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Independence, Lee’s Summit, and all surrounding communities.