If you’ve ever experienced the painful effects of periodontal disease, you probably know that sometimes the treatment can be just as agonizing as the illness itself. Or at least that’s how it used to be, anyway. Today, with the help of laser technologies like the kind used in laser-assisted new attachment procedure (or LANAP), treating periodontal disease doesn’t have to be painful anymore.
LANAP uses a variable pulsed Nd:YAG laser to send gentle pulses to the gums, targeting the gum and bone tissue that has been infected with periodontal disease. This is all done with just the LANAP laser, meaning there is no need to cut out any infected tissue and then close the gums up with stitches, making the LANAP procedure less painful and less invasive.
Because the LANAP laser is so precise, it can even help protect healthy gum tissue, because it easily bypasses this tissue when targeting inflamed tissue. It does this by sending 1064-wavelength pulses through water and hydroxyapatite and absorbing in melanin and hemoglobin. This extremely strong laser goes an extra 4mm beyond the surface of the tissue, killing the bacteria. Once the bacteria is dead and the tissue is cleaned, the laser helps create a fibrin clot by interacting with the hemoglobin, helping the body to heal from the procedure.
It may sound confusing, but it's a pretty simple procedure.
Here’s what you can expect:
- The first step is to use the perio-probe to measure the pocket depth of each tooth.
- Next, the laser radiation is deployed to vaporize bacteria, pathologic proteins, diseased tissue and gather tartar readings.
- An ultrasonic scaler removes accretions from the root surface of each tooth.
- Any necessary bone modifications are made.
- The laser interacts with the hemoglobin to create a gel clot.
- The rete ridges of the gums are reattached to the newly cleaned root surface with a fibrin clot. This is placed at the gingival crest, creating what is known as a "closed system," which allows the gums to heal while keeping bacteria and germs out.
- Occlusal trauma is adjusted, and the body begins to heal.
No cutting. No sutures. Almost no pain - and no more excuses to keep putting off treating your periodontitis.
To see Dr. Abelar for an evaluation for your periodontitis, please give the office a call at 858-866-9692.