Periodontal (gum) disease affects millions of people worldwide and poses a significant risk to overall oral health if left untreated. In its advanced stage, gum disease may result in tooth loss, gum recession, and even impact systemic health. Advances in dental technology have led to groundbreaking laser gum therapy treatments, such as LANAP® (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) and LAPIP® (Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure), providing patients with effective, minimally invasive solutions for restoring gum health without the discomfort and downtime associated with traditional surgical procedures.
At Chestnut Hill Dental, our dedicated team of dental professionals is committed to helping patients in Newton, Chestnut Hill, Brookline, Brighton, Allston, and neighboring communities achieve optimal oral health through personalized care and state-of-the-art treatments. We are proud to offer LANAP® and LAPIP® laser gum therapies as innovative, patient-focused options for addressing periodontal disease and peri-implantitis, promoting healing and regeneration within the gum tissue and supporting bone.
In this blog post, we will delve into the benefits and processes of LANAP® and LAPIP® laser gum therapy, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of these advanced treatment options. By offering insight into these transformative solutions, we aim to empower you to make informed decisions regarding your periodontal care and overall oral health journey.
LANAP®: Revolutionizing Periodontal Care
LANAP® (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is an FDA-cleared gum treatment that utilizes the advanced PerioLase® MVP-7™ dental laser to target and eliminate bacteria and diseased gum tissue while preserving healthy tissue. Unlike traditional gum surgery, LANAP® is minimally invasive, reduces post-operative pain and discomfort, and accelerates the healing process. Here are some key benefits of LANAP®:
1. Precise and effective: The PerioLase® MVP-7™ dental laser selectively targets and removes unhealthy gum tissue without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue.
2. Enhanced healing: LANAP® promotes the regeneration of bone and connective tissue that support the teeth, fostering an optimal healing environment.
3. Minimally invasive: The procedure requires no scalpel or sutures, resulting in reduced discomfort and recovery time compared to traditional gum surgery.
4. Less bleeding and swelling: LANAP® controls swelling and bleeding with the laser’s energy sealing the blood vessels and lymphatics in the treated area.
LAPIP®: Addressing Peri-Implantitis for Dental Implant Patients
Peri-implantitis, a condition characterized by inflammation around dental implants, can lead to the deterioration of the jawbone and, ultimately, implant failure. LAPIP® (Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure) offers a revolutionary treatment option that targets bacteria and infected tissue around the dental implant without damaging the implant itself. Some benefits of LAPIP®:
1. Targeted treatment: The LAPIP® procedure enables dental professionals to selectively remove bacteria and diseased tissue surrounding the dental implant with precision.
2. Preservation of healthy tissues: LAPIP® maintains the integrity of the implant and surrounding bone, ensuring optimal outcomes for patients.
3. Minimally invasive: Similar to LANAP®, LAPIP® is less invasive than traditional surgical procedures for peri-implantitis treatment.
4. Faster recovery: Patients typically experience reduced pain, swelling, and downtime following the LAPIP® procedure.
Understanding the LANAP® and LAPIP® Treatment Process
The LANAP® and LAPIP® laser gum therapy procedures follow a multi-step process designed to provide optimal results while ensuring patient comfort:
1. Consultation: Your dental professional will evaluate your gum health and determine if LANAP® or LAPIP® is the appropriate treatment option for your specific condition.
2. Laser treatment: During the procedure, your dental professional will use the PerioLase® MVP-7™ dental laser to eliminate bacteria and remove diseased tissue within the gum pockets. This process not only cleans the periodontal pockets but also stimulates the regeneration of bone and gum tissue.
3. Ultrasonic scaling: Following the laser treatment, ultrasonic scaling is performed to remove tartar deposits from the root surfaces.
4. Additional laser treatment: The dental laser is used once more to form a clot, sealing the treated gum pockets and promoting the healing process. No sutures are required.
5. Post-treatment care: Your dental professional will provide specific instructions regarding post-treatment care and may recommend more frequent periodontal maintenance visits to ensure your continued gum health.
The Road to Recovery: What to Expect After LANAP® or LAPIP® Treatment
Patients who undergo LANAP® or LAPIP® laser gum therapy can anticipate a faster recovery and minimal post-operative discomfort:
1. Post-treatment care: Patients are typically advised to maintain a soft diet for the first few days and avoid smoking or alcohol consumption to promote healing.
2. Reduced pain and swelling: As the laser treatment seals blood vessels and lymphatics, patients generally experience less post-operative pain and swelling compared to traditional gum surgery.
3. Faster healing: Due to the minimally invasive nature of LANAP® and LAPIP®, most patients can quickly resume their normal daily activities.
4. Continued care: Regular periodontal maintenance visits and diligent oral hygiene practices are essential to protect the progress achieved through LANAP® or LAPIP® therapy and maintain a healthy gum line.
LANAP® and LAPIP® laser gum therapy treatments offer a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive approach to periodontal care and peri-implantitis management. At Chestnut Hill Dental, our team of experienced dental professionals is dedicated to providing advanced, patient-focused solutions that promote optimal oral health and overall well-being.
If you are seeking innovative options for improving your gum health and addressing periodontal concerns, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our skilled Brighton dental associates at Chestnut Hill Dental. Together, we can develop an individualized treatment plan centered on your unique needs, ensuring your journey toward a revitalized, healthy smile is a success.