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What Is LANAP® Treatment?


A hand holding LANAP laser at Periodontal Associates Improvements in technology are happening so fast, so it can understandably be really difficult to keep up with the latest intricate gizmo everybody is talking about without getting a bit overwhelmed by the technicalities. Even though it can be confusing to know which button does what, you have to admit that many of those new inventions are kind of brilliant and can be quite useful. Recently, Periodontal Associates has learned of an incredible machine that can completely change the way you feel regarding having dental surgery.

How Lasers Can Aid in Dentistry


To begin to comprehend the possibility of this sort of science, it helps to know what a laser is. It is an acronym which stands for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Discovered in California in the 1960s, it was a compact beam of light that rode on a single wavelength. Many people had no interest in pursuing it at the time, but once the idea was combined with the advancements in the digital world, it blossomed into a revolution that spanned over several fields all at once. We use lasers everywhere today, from buying groceries at the supermarket to turning on the television with the remote, which makes it easier to understand how much a laser could be beneficial for us in restoring your mouth.

With LANAP surgery, the miracle of regeneration is what makes this innovative tool so practical for many different procedures. The laser can focus on treating issues with the gum (such as serious infection) and can begin to repair damaged tissues without the need for a blade or even stitches. There are, however, splints that must be used to ensure the sturdiness of surrounding teeth until they are stable enough to stand on their own. They will be thoroughly inspected each time we see you in the first few months following your procedure, as it is essential to superior healing that they stay adjusted accordingly.

It is also considered to be very effective in treating disease, especially when compared to conventional treatments that are available. Not only does it reduce the time it takes you to recover, but it has also been commended for lowering the risk of postoperative complications.

What To Expect During Your Visit


One of the greatest aspects of laser surgery is the speed at which the process can be completed. Your procedure may be broken down into two appointments, and each could last approximately one hour. With the first treatment, one side of your mouth will be focused on, and then about a week later, the other will be taken care of. Tiny fiber optics are inserted between the tooth and gumline, which are then used to remove infected tissue without the need for any cutting meticulously. The only known laser that is qualified for use in this procedure is the PerioLase MVP-7.

Many patients are delighted to learn that they can start back up with their daily routine fairly quickly or feel free to return to work when they feel comfortable with it. For a few days, you may notice some mild tenderness, which is handled very well through the use of over-the-counter medication. You should probably abstain from brushing for the first week to prevent unnecessary irritation of the gums. It is likely you will also benefit from a soft-food diet for a few days until you can handle slightly firmer nutrition. We do recommend you do not smoke during this time as nicotine is known to work against your body’s natural defenses and could cause unwanted results after your surgery.

With every passing year, we learn that there is something revolutionary that makes it hard to believe we could be living in such an impressive, ever-changing world. If you would like to learn more about what we here at Periodontal Associates have to offer for improving the integrity of your smile, please do not hesitate to call us at (971) 317-8414.
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