The longer you avoid treatment for any oral health issue, the worse it can get. Gum disease is an excellent example of this. It may start out with bleeding gums, but if neglected, can advance to receding gums, tooth sensitivity, or shifting teeth. Yet, even with these unhealthy and unattractive consequences, some patients would like to postpone treatment due to fear of discomfort or lengthy recovery periods. Fortunately, that is no longer the case. Traditional gum surgery has been enhanced with laser dentistry. The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) is a laser gum surgery that treats gum disease in Braintree, MA.
How Does Laser Gum Surgery Compare to Traditional Gum Surgery?
1. Minimally invasive. In traditional surgery, a periodontist cuts the healthy gum tissue with a scalpel in order to access the bacteria and remove the infected tissue. With LANAP®, the laser tip is small enough to be inserted between the teeth and gums.
2. Highly precise. The laser light targets only bacteria and diseased tissue, preserving more of your healthy tissue. Conversely, the incisions and sutures of traditional surgery often result in gum recession. Additionally, the periodontist is able to control and minimize bleeding through the clotting and sealing properties of the laser.
3. Virtually pain-free. Patients typically report that there is less pain and inflammation with laser gum surgery. In fact, because the bacteria and infected tissue are removed, your mouth is immediately healthier. Downtime with LANAP® is minimal.
4. Encourages regeneration. The PerioLase MVP-7 laser has a unique ability to encourage the regrowth of bone at the treatment site. The supportive bone that has been damaged by the bacteria can regenerate after surgery. This effectively reverses some of the most damaging effects of gum disease in Braintree, MA.
Patients with gum disease who want a more comfortable, convenient treatment can turn to Dr. Thomas Mone. An experienced periodontist, Dr. Mone is trained and certified to perform laser gum surgery.
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