The Differences Between Gum Surgery and LANAP®
When gum disease has infected your smile, it will begin to destroy the soft and hard tissue in your mouth (gums, jaw bone and teeth). With gum disease therapy, we can eliminate this bacteria and infected tissue as well as promote healthy regrowth of bone and gums. We offer both traditional osseous surgery and the state-of-the-art LANAP® laser treatment for gum disease. Osseous surgery and LANAP are effective at eliminating gum disease but they differ in the way treatment is performed. While osseous surgery is the time-tested method, LANAP is equally effective, much gentler and minimally invasive by comparison.Watch Video
Using advanced laser technology, we can gently remove the infected tissue and promote jaw bone regrowth without the need for scalpels or sutures. The laser is able to penetrate between the gums and teeth and can treat multiple locations quickly. Patients report minimal discomfort and typically do not require the use of sedation. The results of LANAP therapy is instantaneous and the recovery period is minimal.
Using a small scalpel, we will gently separate the gum tissue from the jaw bone and teeth. Infected tissue will be cut away, leaving only healthy gums behind. Tartar buildup and bacteria will then be cleaned away from the roots of the teeth and we will reshape your damaged jaw bone. The healthy gum tissue will then be reattached to your jaw and snuggly fit around your teeth again, held in place with small sutures.
Why You Need Treatment
Treating gum disease is essential to your oral and systemic health. If left untreated, the disease can destroy gum and bone tissue, causing your teeth to become loose or even fall out. Gum disease has also been linked to your systemic health, potentially being a cause of heart disease, stroke or diabetes. When gum disease advances to periodontitis, the disease cannot be cured, only maintained with routine care.
- Eliminate infection and disease
- Restore gum and bone health
- Prevent systemic infection
- Save your teeth and smile