Periodontal disease or gum disease is one of the leading preventable dental issues which lands people in our Hicksville dental office, looking for treatment options to alleviate the pain and discomfort which usually accompanies this dental issue.
Well, if you have ever been diagnosed with gum disease and have had to undergo treatment with our periodontist in Hicksville, NY, you should not be embarrassed about it. The fact is that millions of people suffer from this dental issue, and a majority of them do not get it addressed in time before it manifests into a severe infection.
Periodontitis is a severe form of a gum infection that targets and damages the soft tissues surrounding your teeth. If left unchecked, this infection can attack the bone supporting your tooth, eventually leading to tooth loss.
The terrific news is that you do not have to worry about dealing with the long-term effects of gum disease. There are cutting edge treatment options offered by our periodontist in Hicksville, NY, which are guaranteed to deal with this dental issue efficiently and seamlessly.
One of these revolutionary periodontal regeneration treatments is The LANAP® surgical laser procedure.
LANAP is a surgical laser procedure that has been approved for the treatment of gum disease. It has gained popoularity because it offers patients a less painful alternative to the standard periodontitis surgical maneuvers while guaranteeing them a better recovery post-surgery.
LANAP has been shown to offer the precision needed to deal with the diseased tissue during the procedure while promoting periodontal regeneration, reattachment, and stimulating new bone growth.
It utilizes a digital dental laser that can be preset in seven different frequencies, each having a varied effect on the targeted gum tissue. The laser precisely targets the bacteria and diseased tissue, causing the periodontal condition without interfering with the healthy gum tissues.
LANAP uses a digital dental laser known as Periolase®, which can be varied in pulse duration. This laser light acts on the diseased and infected tissue without damaging the underlying connective tissues.
The laser successfully eliminates the bacteria as it penetrates 4 millimeters into the surface of the gum. Once the bacteria are cleared out, the laser interacts with the hemoglobin within the tissues forming a clot and initiating periodontal regeneration.
In a literal sense, the LANAP procedure can help regenerate the tissues and bone mass lost due to gum disease.
This is a full mouth periodontal procedure that is executed within two visits to our Hicksville dental office. Each session on each visit will take approximately two hours to complete.
Our periodontist may decide to do half your teeth during your first appointment, and the second half the next week. The procedure is less painful, and you will be able to resume your day to day activities or even resume work soon after your procedure.
The recovery period will vary from one patient to the next. During the initial days following the procedure, you may experience some soreness, and your gum tissues will be slightly discolored. You may be required to wear splints to immobilize and stabilize your teeth to facilitate the healing process.
You should avoid brushing or flossing your teeth for 7-10 days after the surgical procedure, and you will have to stick to a soft food diet as recommended by our dentist.
The LANAP dental procedure presents patients with several benefits, such as:
Contact us today at Mid-Island Dental Associates for top-notch periodontal treatment.