With traditional periodontal surgery, the gum tissues are cut with a scalpel and pushed aside. The roots are cleared of deposits and smoothed. The bone surrounding the teeth is trimmed and shaped. The gum tissue is then replaced and stitches are placed while the gums heal. Often the gum tissue recedes resulting in long exposed roots that are sensitive, unsightly and vulnerable to decay.
LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is a revolutionary treatment for gum disease that does not involve cutting your gums or stitches. LANAP is the only FDA approved laser treatment protocol. Dr. White has received extensive training in the LANAP protocol, has been tested in it's use, and has been licensed to perform this procedure.
Here is a brief description of LANAP. After your teeth and gums are totally numb, a small laser fiber approximately the size of a paper clip is inserted into the space between your tooth and gums. The energy from this laser light kills the bacteria that are causing your gum disease and selectively removes just the diseased tissue, leaving behind the healthy gum tissue. Then an ultrasonic cleaning instrument is used to remove the tartar from the root and tooth surfaces, washing away the debris with a steady flow of medicated solution. The laser is again passed around the gum tissue to form a natural bandage around the necks of the teeth sealing them from reinfection. Finally, a bite adjustment is done to take pressure off the weakest, most diseased teeth.
Recovery from this procedure is quick and virtually pain free. Most patients only require over the counter Tylenol or Advil for a day or two. In contrast, traditional periodontal surgery with the use of scalpels and sutures can often lead to a long recovery period that can be quite uncomfortable.