Gum disease treatment is constantly evolving, and with technological advances, more options are available than ever. One of the newest treatment methods is known as LANAP, which is actually a laser that is used to quickly and efficiently treat gum disease.
Many people are choosing this option because it doesn't involve cutting, is virtually painless, and won't lead to adverse effects like bleeding and swelling. If your periodontist recommends the use of an LANAP laser to treat your gum disease, you'll want to know more about what you can expect.
What Happens during LANAP Treatment?
If your periodontist has determined that you are a good candidate for LANAP treatment, you'll need to dedicate either one or two visits to the process. Right away, this is a much better option than traditional gum surgery, as that requires 2-4 sessions to complete.
Next, your dentist will use a laser with a fiber-optic tip that emits a light to remove harmful bacteria and damaged tissue from the pockets of the gums. When these harmful materials absorb laser energy, they will die.
Next, your dentist will use an ultrasonic scaler that is about the size of the laser, and they are inserted into the gum pocket. Sound waves are then used to break up hard tartar deposits from the tooth surface. Once these deposits have been removed, the laser is again inserted to remove any excess tissue at the bottom of the periodontal pocket. The final passing of the laser will sterilize the tissue and will help in sealing the pocket closed.
LANAP doesn't mean that your problems with gum disease are over. You'll need to properly care for your teeth in the future in order to keep your gums healthy. Your periodontist can give you tips on how to better care for your mouth in order to prevent a future relapse.