LANAP - The Laser Alternative to Gum Surgery
Dr. Green has been recently certified to provide LANAP Laser periodontal therapy to his patients! This treatment utilizes the PerioLase MVP-7 Laser which is the only FDA approved laser to treat gum disease with the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP). This is a minimally invasive periodontal procedure no like no other with a pulsed laser which is absorbed by diseased and inflammed tissue. The diseased tissues and bacteria are darker and "zapped" away by the laser, leaving only healthy tissue behind! The laser's selectivity is crucial for optimal healing!
LANAP then allows the connective tissue and bone to form between the gums and teeth. This evidence-based protocol provides consistent, reproducible, positive bone-building results to reverse gum disease. The laser is also able to seal the gums creating a physical barrier to help block any bacteria or tissues that would recreate a gum pocket, eliminating the need for sutures! LANAP faciliates natural bone regeneration and additional bone grafting procedures are not usually necessary with treatment.
The benefits of LANAP include less pain, less gum recession, decreased bleeding, swelling and root sensitivity and less downtime after treatment. An added benefit of the laser is its antibacterial effect and its ability to better control periodontal disease allowing us the ability to save and restore otherwise hopeless teeth.
Laser treatment is also beneficial for patients with medical conditions requiring medications such as aspirin, Plavix and Coumadin. There is minimal bleeding (significantly less than conventional gum surgery) so there is no need to discontinue their medications prior to treatment! Patients with advanced periodontal disease who take bisphophonates, such as Fosamax, can avoid extractions this minimizing the possiblity of osteonecrosis of the jaw. LANAP is also safe for patients with HIV, hemophilia and diabetes.
LAPIP - Laser Treatment for Implant Complications
The longevity of dental implants relies on maintaining healthy gum tissue around the implants. Unfortuantely there are some implant patients that experience complications due to bacteria-causing inflammation or bleeding around the implant which usually requires immediate treatment. This condition is known as peri-implantitis or peri-implant disease.
A modification of the LANAP protocol know as LAPIP - (Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure) also uses the PerioLase MVP-7 laser technology to treat infections around implants without removing the ailing or failing implant. LAPIP removes the infection and helps regrow the bone without harming the healthy tissue. This innovative treatment offers an option for patients because even maintaining or healing ailing implants reduces the need for more invasive and costly procedures, and may prevent the worst case scenario - implant replacement.
The entire process can be completed in a single appointment. Like the LANAP protocol, these pateints do very well with little swelling or discomfort and minimal down-time. If you think you may be suffering from peri-implantitis, please contact our office to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Green to discuss this innovative treatment option.