In the past, many people were afraid of gum surgery. The thought of a dentist cutting into their gums with a scalpel frightened them, making them unlikely to come back for the procedure. Unfortunately, their gum disease only got worse—and when they finally underwent surgery, the disease had progressed in painful, and dangerous ways.
Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)—also known as laser gum surgery—eliminates the fears that many patients have about gum surgery. Instead of a scalpel, your dentist uses a laser that targets the diseased gums and uses the body’s natural healing abilities to restore the tissue. You’ll enjoy a calmer, more comfortable experience that improves your health and allows you to enjoy life again.
During laser gum surgery, your dentist targets the infected areas of your gums with a laser tool. With the laser, the dentist removes diseased tissue and cleans out the bacterial infection. The laser also stimulates the tissue so that it heals and reattaches to the bone. When you leave the office, you’ll enjoy less pain and a much faster healing time than traditional gum surgery offers.
Traditional gum surgery tends to be more invasive. To remove the infection, the dentist cuts into the gum tissue with a scalpel then removes the bacterial infection and diseased tissue. Afterward, they suture the gums and graft healthy tissue onto the gums so they reattach to the teeth. The dentist makes the process as comfortable as possible, but it still produces more pain and a higher risk of bleeding and inflammation.
Laser gum surgery or LANAP represents some of the best advancements in modern technology. Here’s why you should ask your dentist about laser surgery to treat periodontal disease:
If your dentist recommends surgery to treat gum disease, ask them if laser gum surgery is right for your situation. You’ll be able to resume your everyday tasks more quickly.
Before you leave the office, Dr. Markle or Dr. Herman will give you instructions for caring for your gums post-surgery. Your dentist may recommend taking Aspirin and sticking to liquid foods for at least 24 hours. They might also give you an antibiotic medication and mouthwash to prevent bacterial infections. Your mouth will have blood clots in the areas where the dentist treated the gums, so it’s important not to chew in that area or eat solid foods that could dislodge the blood clots.
Ultimately, visiting your dentist is the only way to know for sure if you have gum disease. However, here’s a few signs that might indicate that you have periodontal disease:
If you have any of these symptoms, call today to set up an appointment at our clinic. We might recommend laser gum surgery to repair the damaged tissue and bacterial infection in your gums.
Baton Rouge Perio offers extensive dental services that can clean and repair your teeth, treat gum disease and leave you with a happier, healthier smile. Our services include regular cleanings, crown lengthening, cancer screenings, root plating, gum grafting, cosmetic dentistry, and more. We also provide dental implants for people who are missing some—or most—of their teeth. Our dental implants look just like real teeth and enable you to chew, talk and function normally. Other services include bone and gum restoration for people with gum disease and bite adjustment to repair damaged teeth.
If you have any questions, call our number during regular business hours. We’re happy to talk about our services, discuss your insurance, and set up an appointment over the phone. You can also send us an email to request an appointment if you’d prefer to contact us online. For new patients, you can check out the map on our website to get directions to our facility. We serve Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and surrounding cities, including Baker, Denham Springs, and Prairieville. Get in touch with us today to set up an appointment—we can’t wait to help you improve your smile and your health.
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