Laser equipment has taken on the role of many traditional dental tools, expediting and easing the process of restoring your teeth and smile to their natural beauty. The uses of lasers in cosmetic dental procedures range from tissue shaping during crown lengthening procedures to reattaching gum tissue in the LANAP® procedure to complete laser gum therapy.
Many people with gum disease avoid the dentist because of fear of painful or uncomfortable experiences. These fears are not unfounded – traditionally, gum disease treatments involved cutting the gums to remove the diseased tissue. These treatments are invasive and often painful.
However, advances in modern technology have revolutionized gum disease treatment using dental lasers. Laser treatment for gum disease is beneficial over traditional gum surgery in every way. Laser gum treatment is minimally invasive and does not involve any cutting or sewing and lasers are capable of extreme precision. LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) using the PerioLase® MVP-7™ dental laser is one of these laser dental treatments.
What LANAP does instead is eliminated diseased gum tissue (distinguishable from the healthy tissue because it’s darker) with a highly specific light frequency. The LANAP laser also kills any bacteria present in the mouth, which helps speed healing and encourages new tissue growth in addition.
The LANAP procedure is completed as the patient is under a local anesthetic targeted at the treated areas. This allows the dentist to precisely direct the laser, and post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal! It does not last long. LANAP calls for a relatively quick recovery time.
Gum disease is not uncommon. In fact, millions of Americans live with some degree of gum disease every day. The early stages often do not produce severe symptoms, but merely present as irritations (like sensitive gums or gums that bleed during brushing and flossing). While these symptoms may not seem like they require urgent treatment, if you are experiencing any form of irritation or gum pain, it is important to have your gums evaluated by a periodontist in order to stop gum disease in its tracks.The earlier gum disease is caught, the better. When gum disease is left alone, it can advance into more severe symptoms, and potentially affect your health. In fact, studies have linked gum disease to many serious health complications like heart disease, diabetes, and low birth weight.
With Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), your periodontist will use a laser to target and remove diseased tissue. This means that you won’t need to worry about scalpels and painfully removing gum tissue. Instead, LANAP is a minimally-invasive procedure with quick recovery times.
Our dental lasers are used to remove or shape gum tissue, and have several advantages over traditional treatment. What’s more, they are helping to remove the stigma around routine dental procedures that have traditionally been known to be deeply uncomfortable, meaning more patients are flocking to our doors and taking better care of their dental health as a result!
Laser gum treatment removes diseased gum tissue painlessly, and helps the body to heal itself naturally. Not only is the treatment comfortable, but post-treatment discomfort is minimal also.
LANAP® assists the gums in reattaching to the teeth – the first stage in healing. Most LANAP® patients can return to their daily routines right away.
LANAP® often allows patients to keep teeth that would not be able to be saved by traditional gum surgery.
LANAP® is the only gum disease treatment that has been scientifically proven through clinical trials to not only remove diseased tissue, but stimulate and assist the body to regenerate both bone and gum tissue.
Laser gum surgery does not involve the risks associated with any kind of incisions, and does not interfere with any other conditions or medications.
LANAP® is the only protocol that is scientifically proven to regenerate bone tissue around teeth.
Using the PerioLase MVP-7 dental laser, the LANAP protocol helps avoid cutting and stitching of the gums. As a result, patients usually have minimal postoperative discomfort.
Immediately following the LANAP procedure, most patients are able to return to their regular daily activities, which generally require less than a 24-hour recovery period. Following traditional scalpel and suture surgery, recovery can take two to four weeks, during which patients can experience considerable pain and swelling.
Because the LANAP protocol uses laser technology rather than cutting your gums, the tissue stays intact and is not compromised.
Because the PerioLase laser stimulates your body’s own healing response, your LANAP dentist doesn’t have to add foreign ‘growth factors.’
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Don’t hesitate to treat your sore, diseased, or bleeding gums, before the condition progresses to something worse. Call our offices at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry at (347)727-0806 or visit our free consultation request page to book your appointment today. Our expert staff is ready to get you into the chair and back to enjoying your life with a healthy set of gums.Schedule an Appointment
WaterLase© is a combination of water/air spray and leading-edge laser wavelength technology that can cut and shape gum tissue without generating any vibrations, pressure, or heat – all of which are unavoidable with a drill. Waterlase also allows for extreme accuracy – more precision in laser gum therapy than ever before. What’s more, the laser pulses of Waterlase© are too fast for your neurons to properly respond, and no vibrations and heat mean no pain or discomfort, making WaterLase© the ideal treatment for patients who experience nervousness or anxiety about dental procedures or fear of dental drills. WaterLase© can be used in root canal therapy, preparation of cavities for fillings and restorations, removal of decay prior to fillings, and an array of procedures involving cosmetic dental design.
If you’ve put off your routine 6-month dental check up or getting that surgery to complete your perfect smile out of fear of pain and discomfort in the dentist’s chair, hesitate no more! With advancements in laser dentistry, you can finally rest assured that we can restore your teeth and gums with as little pain and as much accuracy as possible.
Visit our appointment request page or call Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry at (347)727-0806 to request your consultation with one of our Ivy League trained Manhattan dentists.
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