Gum disease is incredibly common—in fact, it affects over half of the adults in the United States—but despite its widespread prevalence, it is not something to take lightly. Periodontal disease can wreak havoc on your oral health, leading to gum recession, tooth loss, and other problems, and has been linked to several systemic and potentially deadly conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, certain types of cancers, and more. There is hope, though! At Boulder Valley Dental Center in Louisville, CO, we take a fresh approach towards treating gum disease, including use of the revolutionary LANAP laser dental treatment.
LANAP: Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure
The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP, harnesses the power of light energy to safely and effectively treat gum disease. It not only eliminates the bacterial infection that causes periodontitis, but also helps your body naturally regenerate healthy bone and facilitates a biologic seal between your tooth root and the bone to prevent future infection.
During LANAP, Dr. Tracey Hughes first uses a specialized PerioLase laser to clear the infection from your teeth and gums, as well as the tartar and plaque that help feed the bacteria. The width of this laser beam is the equivalent of the thickness of 3 human hairs – very narrow, but very effective! Then, Dr. Hughes uses a different setting on the laser to stimulate the formation of a firm and stable blood clot so that the tissues can safely and rapidly heal and regenerate, all without the use of sutures! The procedure is typically done with local anesthesia and patients are in the office for two sessions that are about 90 minutes each.
After your treatment is complete, you will need very little downtime. In fact, many patients go back to work on the same day as their treatment! The result is clean, infection-free gums and teeth and a healthy seal to prevent future problems.
Benefits of LANAP
Historically, invasive surgeries were the only way to treat gum disease, but with LANAP, treating gum disease is both more comfortable and can provide better results. Patients and dentists alike love LANAP for several reasons:
- Both the procedure itself and recovery are less painful than traditional surgeries
- No incisions are necessary, nor are sutures
- Healing and recovery are quicker
- The laser sanitizes as it treats, so the chance of post-treatment infection is reduced
- Bleeding is minimized, which means the treatment is safer for patients with underlying health conditions such as hemophilia or diabetes
- The results are predictable and long-lasting
Say goodbye to gum disease
If you are ready to start the path towards a healthy, gum disease-free smile, call Boulder Valley Dental Center to schedule your appointment today! You will feel at home from the moment you step into our state-of-the-art office in Louisville, CO, and our warm and friendly team are here to help restore your smile to health with gentle, non-judgmental care. Our office can be reached at 303-732-5388 if you are a new patient, and current patients can call us at 303-666-8820.Back to LANAP Laser Dentistry Page