Despite its prevalence and associated health threats, the invasiveness of traditional gum disease treatment has long served as a powerful deterrent for many people seeking medical attention. Prior to the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®), the surgical procedure most commonly used to treat periodontal disease was highly invasive. If nonsurgical treatments proved futile, most doctors would recommend flap surgery to reduce a patient’s pocket depth.
Traditional flap surgery involves the amputation of gum tissue and bone reshaping, so the process is inherently more painful and requires a longer recovery period than laser gum surgery. During traditional surgery, the periodontist must lift and roll the gum back and remove the bacteria and diseased gum tissue. Sometimes the bone must be smoothed to decrease pits and irregular areas to ward off bacteria. Before the gum flap is sewn shut, it may be necessary to apply a substance to the root and foster the attachment of the gums and ligaments. The periodontist will then cauterize the treated areas to seal them off and reduce bleeding.
Traditional Surgery vs. Laser Gum Surgery
Flap surgery has been used to combat periodontal disease for years, but it is no longer regarded as the most effective treatment available. LANAP® has completely transformed the way dental professionals approach periodontal disease. Because a periodontist does not use a scalpel or sutures when performing LANAP®, there is significantly less pain and healing time associated with this type of procedure. These benefits are possible because of the PerioLase® MVP-7™, a one-of-a-kind piece of equipment with the technology to target and remove only the diseased tissue and bacteria while leaving the healthy gum tissue intact.
Dr. Fred Sakamoto is one of a very select group of dental professionals in the country who possesses the resources and credentials required to use the PerioLase® MVP-7™ and perform LANAP®. Less than one percent of professionals in the industry are LANAP® certified, so call today to schedule a consultation and find out if LANAP® is right for you.
Dr. Fred Sakamoto, located in Blacklick, OH , is a Periodontist who services patients from East Columbus, OH, Reynoldsburg, OH, and Gahanna, OH. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!
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