Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)
An alternative to traditional gum surgery.
NEW TECHNOLOGY – NEW COMFORT.
What is Laser Periodontal Therapy™?
Laser Periodontal Therapy™ is a laser based technique for the treatment of periodontal disease. Fear of periodontal treatment vanishes when patients find out no scalpel or sutures will be used. Patient friendly laser treatment makes it easier for patients to get the treatment they need and continue with the follow-up care that is prescribed.
Our office is one of the first in the area to offer Laser Periodontal Therapy™ for the treatment of gingivitis and/or periodontitis. Following are commonly asked questions about this technology.
How does it work?
First, tartar, associated with inflamed and bleeding gums, is removed form the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic scaler.
Then, a small amount of light energy from a laser is directed through a tiny fiber, which is gently placed between the gum and tooth. This light energy removes a tiny amount of diseased tissue and aids in reducing the bacteria associated with the disease. After the area is thoroughly cleaned, the body can heal the area naturally.
Does it hurt?
Although the procedure itself can be virtually painless, we may numb the area for the patient’s comfort. In this way we can precisely direct the laser for treatment. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and does not last long.
How long does it take?
Initial treatment is focused on removing the tartar. Then, the laser portion of the treatment is performed and normally only takes a short time. Depending on the severity of the patient’s periodontal disease, treatment is typically accomplished in one office visit. The estimated treatment time is reviewed with patients when discussing their treatment plan.
Does this treatment cost more than traditional gum surgery?
Typically we use the same billing codes as traditional gum surgery and the laser treatment is generally no more expensive than traditional surgery. Patients should discuss their payment options with the dental office personnel as we offer financing for this treatment.
What you can expect with LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY (LPT)
Approximately 75% of the population struggles with periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease. We are excited to provide you with the latest method of treatment.
Dr. Steckbauer’s primary concern is for your comfort and safety. Medications may be prescribed prior to treatment to prevent the possibility of infection,control micro-inflammation, swelling, and encourage healing. We also offer sedation for patients that may be feeling anxious about a dental procedure. Those patients MUST have a driver to transport them to and from our office.
LPT is a relatively painless procedure. Most patients experience little to no discomfort. In fact, you can expect to work the day after surgery.
One of the contributing factors of periodontal disease is trauma from tooth to tooth contact; therefore, in many cases, we will require you to sleep with a night guard. It may also be necessary to make adjustments in the way your teeth fit together.
Periodontal disease is a chronic infection. LPT is an excellent treatment, but it is not a magic wand and a small percentage of the population will not respond to any treatment we currently have available. Our goal is to provide what we feel is the most predictable way to reverse some of the effects of the disease, helping to create a healthy mouth and saving your teeth into the foreseeable future.
Your home care is crucial in the success of the treatment. We will make recommendations regarding home care for each individual. We cannot stress the importance of good daily hygiene habits enough! In addition, we will continue to schedule 3 month maintenance appointments with one of our fantastic dental hygienists.
By continuing this partnership, we will help you treat this serious disease. Our goal is to help you get the best care for your mouth and avoid the many harmful systemic effects that have been linked with gum disease.
For more information please call our office at 920-235-3251 or visit http://lanap.com/.