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Benefits of LANAP
There are a range of immediate and long-term benefits that you will enjoy following your LANAP procedure, including the following:
- High Success Rate: Patients who have LANAP performed have very favorable experiences and outcomes
- Extremely Safe: LANAP surgery has zero associated contraindications
- Less Discomfort: Unlike traditional periodontal surgery, LANAP is much less invasive and requires less post-operative care
- Faster Healing: Compared to traditional periodontal surgery, the recovery time following the procedure is much faster, typically requiring no down time following treatment
- Bleeding and Inflammation Significantly Reduced: Because LANAP does not harm healthy tissue and can target bacteria directly, inflammation can be reduced by up to 90%
- Minimal Gum Recession: Because LANAP does not harm healthy tissue and can target bacteria directly, gum line recession is minimized
- Preserves Natural Teeth: In certain cases, having the LANAP procedure performed will allow patients to avoid having a tooth extracted
LANAP vs. Conventional Gum Surgery
Patients who have periodontal disease essentially have two options for the type of treatment they can receive: traditional surgery or LANAP surgery.
Traditional gum surgery typically involves the use of a scalpel to expose the jawbone and roots of the teeth by folding the gums back. Once this area is accessible, the debris and tartar are removed. If any bone defects are present, bone graft materials are then placed or the bone is reshaped. Following this, the gums are sutured in place and allowed to heal.
LANAP surgery performs a similar role of removing diseased tissue and killing bacteria, but it accomplishes this through the use of a laser, and does not require sutures. The laser penetrates beneath the tissue surface and destroys any bacteria, plaque, or infected tissue. Once the infected tissue has been removed, your periodontist will use a cleaner to remove the calculus. Finally, the laser will seal the area surrounding the tooth, which also warm the stem cells, which in turn develops tissues that form around the root of the tooth. This process ensures that tissue is not reduced and facilitates the formation of collagen, bone, and new connective tissue.
Each area that has been infected can typically be treated within 30-45 minutes, which means you will only require one visit to correct this issue.
Aftercare for LANAP
Following the use of LANAP it will be necessary to follow specific aftercare instructions. To maximize the benefits and longevity of this procedure, however, it is critical to practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once daily, ideally every time you brush your teeth. It is also important to practice proper brushing and flossing techniques. In addition to practicing consistent and proper oral selfcare, it is also important to schedule regular checkups at least every six months. By maintaining a consistent oral health care routine, you will significantly reduce your risk for developing additional periodontal issues and will continue enjoying a bright and healthy smile.
There are a range of factors that can impact the final cost of having LANAP performed, such as the severity of your case, any associated procedures that will need to be performed prior to or along with treatment, as well as your insurance plan.
Our team is committed to helping you complete necessary paperwork, schedule appointments, and answer any questions you have concerning billing. For patients who have insurance plans, we do request you submit medical/dental insurance information with your New Patient Paperwork to expedite this process.
Please note: to reduce costs to our patients while still ensuring that we can provide the highest level of care, we have the following financial polices:
- We accept Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express
- Full payment is due after services rendered
- Payment plan options are available via www.CareCredit.com
To determine if you have gum disease, your periodontist will measure the space between your teeth and gums. Patients who have pockets that are deeper than the average depth of three millimeters or less will be considered candidates for treating gum disease. Depending upon how severe your case is, your periodontist will suggest a follow up appointment, during which several different treatment options may be recommended.
Patients who are suffering from periodontal disease may experience gum recession. If this issue is not treated at an early stage, more complicated and serious problems can develop, as gum recession creates greater exposure of your natural teeth, which creates opportunities for bacteria to build. To address this issue, patients have historically had gum grafting, which involves removing tissue from unaffected areas and then grafting this tissue to the areas that have been affected. This is an effective method for addressing the issue of receding gums, however there is a newer and increasingly popular approach to treating receding gums, which is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST).
Laser gum surgery is an advanced treatment option that efficiently and painlessly treats gum disease through the use of a laser. One of the unique aspects of laser gum surgery is that the laser pinpoints and kills bacteria without damaging surrounding gum tissue. Unlike other treatment options, which involve cutting and suturing, patients who have laser gum surgery and treatment performed will have a much quicker healing process.
Patients who have gum recession may consider having a gum graft, a common oral surgical procedure that thickens existing gums and/or covers a tooth root surface in order to prevent further recession from occurring. Gum recession can occur for a variety of reasons, but the most common reason is due to periodontal disease. A gum graft will not only improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile, but will also reduce your risk of developing additional issues.
Patients who have an imbalanced ratio between their visible gums and teeth have what is commonly referred to as a gummy smile. Gummy smiles can be caused by a range of factors, including bone deterioration, periodontal disease, or genetic predisposition. Regardless of the reason, patients often feel self-conscious about their appearance and will seek to improve this issue by having a gum contouring procedure performed.
Scaling and Root Planing (also known as deep teeth cleaning and deep gum cleaning) is a common method used to address periodontal disease. Scaling refers to the process of removing tartar that has accumulated, either on your teeth or below your gumline. Planing refers to the removal of tartar below the root line. When bacteria is allowed to settle on your teeth for too long, it will eventually mineralize and turn into tartar. The primary difference between plaque and tartar is that plaque can be removed by conventional brushing methods, whereas tartar will need to be removed through the efforts of your periodontist. It is important to schedule regular deep teeth cleaning and deep gum cleaning appointments to prevent periodontal disease from developing.
Schedule Your Visit Today
At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we take your health, confidence, and teeth seriously. Scheduling regular visits to maintain your teeth and gums will actively improve your overall health, and maintaining a bright and strong healthy smile will do wonders for your self-confidence. In addition to recognizing the importance of your oral health, we also understand the importance of your time, which is why we are committed to making every visit to our clinic as efficient as possible.
If you would like to learn more about LANAP and/or other methods for treating periodontal disease, schedule an appointment or consultation today with our friendly, helpful staff, who can be reached at the following locations: Carrollton: (972) 242-7603; Flower Mound: (972) 434-8050; Denton: (940) 566-7021, or Frisco: (469) 489-ROOT.
We look forward to serving you and your smile and having you on your way as soon as possible!