Laser Gum Surgery LANAP vs Traditional Gum Surgery


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Laser Gum Surgery (LANAP®) vs. Traditional Gum Surgery


If you have been told that you have periodontal disease and surgery will be required, it is important to know the difference between traditional gum surgery, (which utilizes a scalpel and sutures) and laser surgery.

Traditional surgery typically utilizes a scalpel so that the doctor can reflect the gum tissue back for visibility and to clean the pocket and reduce the pocket depth. The pocket depth is reduced by cutting away tissue. In many cases the additional use of bone grafting or membrane materials will be needed in order to achieve reattachment of the gum tissue to the root surface of the tooth. Although in some cases the only way to treat the patient is by traditional surgery the vast majority of patients that we see opt for the less invasive and more comfortable LANAP®, or Laser Gum Surgery.

LANAP® does not require the use of a blade, or sutures. It is a minimally invasive surgery that results in very little recession and pain for the patient. The laser operates at a wavelength that can tell the difference between the diseased tissue and the healthy tissue. This means that the laser is extremely safe and selective when being used in surgery. For the first time we can remove the diseased tissue and bacteria from your gums without harming, cutting, or removing healthy tissue! 



Some Key Differences Between Traditional Gum Surgery and LANAP®

Pain – LANAP® involves less discomfort than traditional gum surgery. Minimal pain medication is typically required.  Patients can usually go right back to work and move on with their daily routine.

Recession – Because traditional surgery requires the use of a blade the gum line is often reduced.  LANAP® is much less invasive and more selective in the tissue that it cuts… this results in little to no recession of the gum line. This is a very important difference because recession can lead to a number of aesthetic problems for the patient, and contribute to tooth sensitivity.

Healing Time – The healing time for LANAP® is much faster because it is a new technology that is less invasive than scalpel surgery. The laser removes the bacteria in your pockets resulting in reduction of inflammation and healthier tissue.

Long-term results – We observe very positive long term results with both treatments, LANAP® is a less invasive surgical procedure to regenerate lost periodontal tissue.  The laser stimulates the bone that surrounds the root of the tooth and has been proven to encourage regeneration, often saving teeth that would have previously been extracted. Our goal is to reverse the effects of periodontal disease for long-term periodontal health and stability!


In conclusion, as technology evolves and breakthroughs are made in dentistry, we are committed to keeping up and offering the latest and most advanced treatments to our patients in order to provide the highest standard of care available. Utilizing a laser to treat gum disease is something that many patients can take advantage of, although not every patient is a candidate for laser treatment.  Please give us a call to schedule your laser consultation today to find out if LANAP® is right for you!



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