You Need Gum Surgery. What You Need To Know About The LANAP® Procedure
- Posted on: Aug 17 2022
You’ve been told you have gum disease and need surgery to repair your gums. But, what is gum disease? Gum disease is an infection of the bone and supporting tissue in your mouth that is designed to hold your teeth in place.
There are a number of common causes for this condition and including the following:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Using certain types of medications
- A chronic illness such as diabetes
The LANAP (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is an FDA-approved laser treatment that is a less painful yet more successful treatment alternative to conventional gum surgery. It has been scientifically shown that the LANAP procedure it will result in your gums regenerating, new bone will grow and the gum tissue will reattach.
Because it is a less-invasive alternative to periodontal surgery, the LANAP procedure can specifically target the source of the gum’s inflammation without hurting or removing any healthy gum tissue. And, because it is a laser procedure, your recovery will be much quicker than a more conventional gum surgery procedure.
You may want to consider the LANAP laser surgery procedure if:
- You have periodontal or gum disease
- You are afraid of having gum surgery
- You have concerns about receding gums or tooth loss after a conventional gum surgery
- You’re worried about post-surgical pain and recovery
- You have a health condition and you don’t want to stop taking your medication
During the LANAP procedure, whatever plaque and calculus that have accumulated around your gum line and root of your teeth will be scraped off. The root is smoothed using specific instruments that are designed to eliminate rough spots that could make them vulnerable to bacteria and result in bacterial infections in the future. During the healing process, post LANAP procedure, the root will regenerate.
Benefits of the LANAP Procedure
Patients who have had the LANAP procedure avoid having their gums cut and stitched. As a result, there is a minimal amount of discomfort after the procedure. After the LANAP procedure, most patients can resume their normal daily activities immediately. The recovery period is often less than 24 hours.
After the LANAP Procedure
After you’ve had the LANAP procedure you need to follow a regimen of good oral hygiene so you can avoid experiencing inflammation again. When you brush your teeth, on a daily basis, you need to regularly use an antimicrobial product that will provide you with strong healing for your irritated gums. You should avoid or stop smoking so you don’t get another gum infection. Depending on your situation, you may be given specific instructions from your Clock Tower dentist that you need to follow carefully.
The use of lasers to treat gum disease is a leading-edge dental treatment. Its been proven to be a successful option for patients because it involves much less pain and is an excellent way to destroy harmful bacteria in a person’s mouth.
If you have been told you need gum surgery, please contact us at 516-352-1000 or fill out our online form to arrange a consultation. The dentists at Clock Tower Dental will discuss your dental history and your concerns and explain treatment options so you can make an informed decision.
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