The LANAP® laser protocol
is a relatively new treatment that many patients are unfamiliar with. Before you decide if this is the right periodontitis treatment for you, it is important to have at least a basic understanding of the procedure. Here are some commonly asked questions
patients of Dr. Richard Browning often have about laser gum surgery in Santa Cruz, CA:
What is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?
Gingivitis and periodontitis are varying degrees of gum disease, but periodontitis is considered more severe and more harmful to both oral and overall health. Gingivitis affects only the outer layers of periodontal tissue and can usually be treated with a thorough professional cleaning followed by proper homecare. Once the infection spreads to the bone and deeper tissue levels, however, it becomes periodontitis. Treatment is more complicated at this point and often involves surgery.
Is LANAP® laser treatment less painful than traditional gum surgery?
Rather than using scalpels or blades to cut out the infected tissue, LANAP® treatment uses lasers to vaporize bacteria and diseased tissue in a less invasive manner. This means that the surrounding bone, teeth, and healthy tissue are preserved and unharmed. Most patients do not require pain medication after having this periodontitis treatment, as it only causes minimal discomfort.
Are there any other benefits?
The LANAP® protocol is widely considered to be the preferred method of periodontitis treatment because of the many benefits it provides. This includes minimal pain, minimal bleeding, and the preservation of bone and healthy tissue. In fact, LANAP® treatment can actually reverse the damage caused by infection in some cases and prevent future tooth loss.
Am I a candidate?
There are no restrictions on who can receive LANAP® laser periodontitis treatment and who cannot. To find out more details about laser gum surgery in Santa Cruz, CA and to discuss your options, contact Dr. Browning and schedule a personal consultation today!