Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy
It is a minimally invasive laser-based approach to treating inflammatory gum disease on teeth and dental implants.
To the patient this means: less pain, less bleeding, less swelling, less tissue removed, less down time and less recovery time
The reasons we use a dental laser (in conjunction with or replacement of) traditional surgical procedures is to:
1. Remove only the diseased tissue without removing any of the healthy tissue
2. Maintain the height of the tissue around the teeth
3. Minimize pain and discomfort to the patient
4. Get a closure of the periodontal pocket and allow healing to take place
A) Perio probe indicates pocket depth.
B) The tiny laser is inserted into the pocket and vaporizes bacteria and infected tissue
C) The laser greatly improves visibility of the diseased root surface or dental implant and reduces trauma to the tissue. Occasionally, the gums are moved slightly to gain access to the root and bone defect. Ultrasonic scaler and special instruments are used to remove dead bacteria from the root or dental implant surface and correct bone defects.
D) Lastly, the laser finishes debriding the pocket and aids in hemostasis/ blood flow. If a mini flap is reflected, a small dissolvable suture is placed.
E) Stable fibrin clot creates a closed system
F) Adjustments may be made if the teeth are hitting hard
G) New attachment of healthy gums
Controlling periodontal disease makes it possible to make your mouth healthy and save teeth that otherwise would need to be removed.
If you have any questions about LANAP© or LAPIP©, please contact us at your convenience.