Understanding Gum Disease
Before we delve into the LANAP procedure, it’s essential to understand the adversary it’s designed to combat: gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, it’s a common condition characterized by inflammation and infection of the gum tissue. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and systemic health complications.
How Can One Get Gum Disease?
One may acquire gum diseases for various reasons. For instance, one might get gum disease if the brushing habit is incorrect or ineffective. After each meal, the food remains and gets stuck to the teeth and gums. Failing to brush and clear these food deposits causes the accumulation of food particles over time and converts them into a hard chunk of calculus. At this stage, it becomes impossible to clear the food particles or calculus simply by brushing. The growth of bacteria from these deposits eventually affects gums and initiates gum diseases. Progression of gum disease affects the surrounding bone and supporting tissues, and causes the formation of dental ‘pockets’. A dental ‘pocket’ is the space that exists between the gum and the tooth that can potentially host various infection-causing bacteria.
Enter LANAP – Laser Assisted Regeneration
What Is It? LANAP stands for “Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure.” It’s a FDA approved cutting-edge dental treatment that leverages the power of lasers to effectively combat gum disease. LANAP offers numerous advantages over traditional gum surgery, making it an attractive option for patients seeking a less invasive, more comfortable experience.
How LANAP Works
Here’s a friendly breakdown of how LANAP works:
- Anesthesia: Like with traditional gum surgery, LANAP starts with numbing the treatment area to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure.
- Laser Precision: The magic of LANAP lies in its laser technology. A tiny laser fiber is inserted into the gum pockets, and this laser energy gets to work. It specifically targets and removes diseased gum tissue, bacteria, and even calculus (tartar) without harming healthy tissue. Talk about precision!
- Promoting Healing: LANAP isn’t just about removing the bad stuff; it’s also about encouraging the good stuff. The laser helps stimulate the regeneration of healthy gum tissue and even assists in reattaching the gums to your tooth surfaces. This process is vital for improving the stability of your teeth.
The Benefits of LANAP
Now that you have an idea of how LANAP works let’s explore why it’s gaining popularity among both patients and dentists:
- Minimally Invasive: Traditional gum surgery can involve cutting and sutures. LANAP, on the other hand, is far less invasive, reducing trauma to your gum tissue.
- Faster Recovery: With LANAP, you can expect less discomfort, shorter recovery times, and minimal bleeding compared to traditional procedures. Say goodbye to extended downtime!
- Precision: The laser is your friendly, precise assistant, targeting only the areas that need attention while preserving healthy tissue.
- Reduced Discomfort: Thanks to laser technology, LANAP cauterizes blood vessels and nerve endings, translating to less pain and discomfort during and after treatment.
- Preservation of Teeth: By effectively treating gum disease and reducing pocket depth, LANAP can help preserve your natural teeth and prevent tooth loss.
The LANAP procedure is a game-changer in the world of dentistry, offering a smoother, less invasive path to healthier gums and a happier smile. If you’re dealing with gum disease or considering treatment options, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friendly neighborhood TOOTHHQ Board Certified Periodontist Dr Vadivel DDS, MS, MBA, FDSRCS to discuss whether LANAP is right for you. Your oral health journey just got a whole lot smoother!