Laser Gum Surgery Vs. Traditional Gum Surgery
If you are in need of periodontal surgery in Albany, the choice between traditional surgical methods and laser periodontal treatments is very important. It is important that you understand the key differences between traditional periodontal surgery and the LANAP® surgery.
During traditional gum surgery, the doctor uses a scalpel to make a cut in the gum tissue for two reasons: enhanced visibility and access to the periodontal pocket. This may result in an aesthetic alteration of your gum line. Once the area has been cleaned, other treatments, such as bone or tissue grafting, may be utilized to help regenerate some of the bone loss to achieve optimum periodontal health.
While some severe cases of periodontitis necessitate traditional gum surgery, LANAP® is generally a viable alternative for most patients. LANAP® does not require scalpel or sutures, making it minimally invasive with little pain or discomfort. Because LANAP® does not require the cutting of gums to decrease pocket depth, there is little to no gum line recession. The laser is able to distinguish between diseased and healthy tissue, leaving healthy tissue unaffected. This makes the procedure exceptionally selective and safe. The laser removes diseased tissue and kills living bacteria without compromising healthy gum, tooth, and bone tissue.
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Key Differences Between Traditional Gum Surgery and LANAP® Gum Surgery
Pain– Traditional surgery may be more painful as it requires cutting and suturing of the gums. The LANAP® protocol causes considerably less discomfort and rarely requires post-operative pain medication. Minimal recovery time is needed, allowing patients to return to their daily routine almost immediately.
Recession– Traditional periodontal surgery requires a blade to make a cut in the gum line which could result in gum recession. The recessed gum line exposes tooth roots, which can be particularly sensitive to hot and cold causing the patient discomfort while eating or drinking. LANAP® is less invasive and more selective. The laser removes only damaged tissue and does not impact nearby healthy gum and bone, resulting in no significant gum line recession. This preserves the natural appearance of the patient’s smile.
Healing Time– LANAP® does not require surgical cutting and sutures of healthy tissue, and the surgery allows selectivity in the tissue it removes, allowing for rapid healing. The laser kills the bacteria and reduces inflammation, preserving and supporting healthier tissue.
Long term results– LANAP® protocol results are much more predictable in terms of bone regeneration and tissue attachment as compared to other lasers. The Perio-Lase® MVP-7™ stimulates the root surface, promoting regeneration and new periodontal ligament attachment. Patients have seen further improvement after the LANAP® protocol as regeneration of the bone and reattachment of connective healthy tissue continue after the procedure is complete.
Cutting edge technology is constantly evolving and redefining the way professionals use dental technology. LANAP® certified clinicians have made the commitment to stay with the latest advancements and provide our patients the best possible treatment options, meeting the highest standards of care.
Laser treatment is a revolutionary option for many patients; however it may not be the option for all cases. Please call Albany periodontist Dr. Ference to schedule a consultation and find out if LANAP® will be right for you to achieve a successful periodontal outcome!