Laser Gum Therapy
Periodontal or gum disease is an infection of the supporting tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place. In laser gum therapy, your dentist uses a laser to access and remove the inflamed gum tissue from around the root of the tooth. This technology replaces cutting of the gum tissue with a scalpel and does not require stitches. When the infected tissue is removed and the root is exposed, the root scaling begins. This involves scraping off the tartar and plaque built up below the gumline and around the root. The dentist then smooths the root with instruments to remove any rough spots that might attract bacteria and cause future infections. The area between the gum and the root can then regenerate during the healing process.
LANAP Gum Disease Treatment
An FDA-cleared laser treatment called LANAP (laser-assisted new attachment procedure) offers a less painful, more successful treatment alternative to conventional surgery for treatment of gum disease. This procedure, performed with a special laser on affected gums, stimulates existing stem cells to help regenerate healthy gums and bone growth. It can target the source of the inflammation without hurting or removing any healthy gum tissue, slow or stop attachment loss and decrease pocket depth, and allow the body to recover from the chronic infection without the need for scalpel or sutures.