Approximately 90 percent of all adults in the U.S. over age 35 have some form of periodontal disease. Until recently, the only effective treatment for deep gum pockets was surgery utilizing a scalpel and sutures. This can be painful, invasive, and time consuming. Lasting side effects may include recession, sensitivity to cold, and spaces or gaps between the teeth.
Many people put off treating their gum disease which can develop into more severe bone loss. In some cases, treatment with antibiotics (arestin, perio chip, etc.) can help to stave off infection temporarily, but this type of treatment is not effective at treating the real problem. The ineffectiveness of medication alone and the pain and side effects associated with surgery have led many patients to seek out noninvasive treatment for their gum disease.
LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is a revolutionary new way of treating gum disease. Instead of using a scalpel and placing sutures in the gum tissue, a laser is used to kill the bacteria in the pocket, along with helping reattach the gums to the tooth. The laser sterilizes the gums and stimulates the bone that surrounds the root of the tooth and encourages regeneration. This method of periodontal treatment is a noninvasive alternative to traditional "cut and stitch" gum surgery and is ideal for almost anyone with advanced gum disease.
The laser eliminates diseased tissue while preserving healthy gums. This means that scalpels and sutures are eliminated, discomfort is minimized, and the results are exceptional. It is a breakthrough treatment that is ideal for people looking for a conservative, nonsurgical treatment of gum disease.