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It is a surprise to many people that researchers are making huge advancements in the use of laser technology to treat dental diseases. It might seem odd to think of lasers in the dentist’s chair, but this is, in fact, becoming more and more common for in-office treatments.
One such treatment is LANAP. This is a laser technology that treats moderate to severe gum disease in patients in place of surgery. Only dentists who have received proper certification can perform LANAP. Some patients are skeptical of the procedure and might not be sure if it is right for them. Here are some important factors to consider when talking to a dental professional about LANAP as a treatment.
Gum disease in some form is very common. It is a bacterial infection, and as much as 74 percent of the adult population in the U.S. has it. Very few people seek treatment for periodontal or gum disease. Many have fears about surgery or any dental procedures.
Treating gum disease is vital because unhealthy gums can not only impact tooth decay, but they can also affect overall health in the body. Researchers have linked gum disease with:
Increased risk of strokes
Despite these links, only around three percent of adults with severe gum disease seek proper treatment due to fears or not understanding their options.
LANAP stands for laser-assisted new attachment procedure. Developed in 1990, a pulsed laser designed to target diseased gum tissue treats gum disease instead of traditional surgery. It is FDA-approved.
The laser targets only the diseased tissue. By clearing it away, it allows for new, healthy gum tissue to grow. Studies have shown that LANAP is effective in safely removing infected and damaged tissue in periodontal pockets, as well as the plaque that harbors much of the bacteria.
Many people have a lot of apprehension and anxiety about dental procedures. Dental surgery is invasive and can trigger a strong fear response in patients. Because LANAP doesn’t require cutting into the gums or any stitches afterward, it results in less pain and a much shorter recovery time.
The dental professional will usually do one-half of the mouth per session, depending on the anxiety and comfort levels of the patient. Traditional surgery for severe gum disease can take many sessions, with many more follow-up visits. There are fewer follow-up visits after a LANAP treatment, which means less dental anxiety for the patient.
LANAP allows patients to take control not just of their dental health, but their overall health without the risks of surgery. Many patients can even drive themselves to and from their procedure appointments, and report much less pain and discomfort after the procedure. Fewer appointments mean less anxiety, fewer co-pays, and less time away from work and family obligations.
The dental professionals at Implant Dentistry Periodontics & Facial Rejuvenation can walk you through the procedure.
Find out if you are a candidate for LANAP, contact Implant Dentistry Periodontics & Facial Rejuvenation at (813) 517-0100 or (813) 973-7770.