If you have been told that you have periodontal disease and surgery will be required, it is important to know the difference between traditional gum surgery, (which utilizes a scalpel and sutures) and laser surgery.
Traditional surgery typically utilizes a scalpel so that the doctor can reflect the gum tissue back for visibility and to clean the pocket and reduce the pocket depth. The pocket depth is reduced by cutting away tissue. In many cases the additional use of bone grafting or membrane materials will be needed in order to achieve reattachment of the gum tissue to the root surface of the tooth. Although in some cases the only way to treat the patient is by traditional surgery the vast majority of patients that we see opt for the less invasive and more comfortable LANAP®, or Laser Gum Surgery.
LANAP® does not require the use of a blade, or sutures. It is a minimally invasive surgery that results in very little recession and pain for the patient. The laser operates at a wavelength that can tell the difference between the diseased tissue and the healthy tissue. This means that the laser is extremely safe and selective when being used in surgery. For the first time we can remove the diseased tissue and bacteria from your gums without harming, cutting, or removing healthy tissue!
In conclusion, as technology evolves and breakthroughs are made in dentistry, we are committed to keeping up and offering the latest and most advanced treatments to our patients in order to provide the highest standard of care available. Utilizing a laser to treat gum disease is something that many patients can take advantage of, although not every patient is a candidate for laser treatment. Please give us a call to schedule your laser consultation today to find out if LANAP® is right for you!
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Dr. Ben Timmerman
436 Furys Ferry Rd.
Phone: (706) 229-7676
Whether you need dental implants, Lanap laser treatment, or a cosmetic dental procedure, we promise to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today. We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve.