Over time, tooth decay can hurt a lot more than just the visible portions of your teeth. As plaque and tartar continue to accumulate on your dental surfaces, they can trigger an inflammatory response in your gum tissue. As gum disease progresses, the gum tissue starts to pull away from your natural teeth, creating gingival pockets that can harbor bacteria. As the infection moves deeper, it can even attack your bone tissue and the ligaments that hold teeth in place, leading to loose or missing teeth and bone loss.
One of the most powerful benefits of LANAP is the fact that it doesn’t require incisions or sutures. The periodontal laser probe used during LANAP is very small, which means that patients experience little to no bleeding during the procedure. Because LANAP is minimally invasive, patients enjoy a more comfortable procedure with a quicker recovery afterwards.
LANAP is also faster than other gum disease treatments, with most patients requiring one or two hour-long sessions with Dr. Rose. Patients can also eat and drink normally after the procedure, making it easier to return to work, school, or other daily activities. This allows patients to have their gum disease treated on even the busiest days without worrying about interrupting their routines.
Since LANAP targets bacteria that extends below the gum line, it also helps to reduce your chances of developing infections later. Some studies have shown that LANAP can kill as much as 99.9% of bacteria within the gingival pocket, allowing the area to heal faster.
LANAP is incredibly effective at removing bacteria and helping your teeth to heal from periodontal disease, and the recovery is exceptionally easy. Most patients can control any discomfort with mild over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as Ibuprofen. And there isn’t much special care required; patients are simply asked to keep their mouths clean and hydrated, and to avoid hard or chewy foods for a few weeks following the procedure.