Common Uses for Lasers in Periodontics - Dr. Colin Richman

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Common Uses for Lasers in Periodontics

July 15, 2012

The use of lasers in dentistry has gained an exciting momentum over the past two decades. Dental lasers that are designed for use on either hard or soft tissues can vary greatly and have many applications. Soft tissue lasers in particular can be used to perform minor surgical procedures like frenectomies, esthetic crown lengthening, treating cold sores, removing lumps and bumps or excessive gum tissue. Most lasers can also aid in uncovering implants and controlling bleeding.

For the treatment of periodontal disease, your periodontist may recommend the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP). The cutting edge technology (so to speak) of the Millennium Periolase MVP-7 soft tissue laser has made it possible to successfully treat full mouth periodontal disease, localized periodontal pockets, and pockets around dental implants.

The LANAP procedure provides patients with a safe and minimally invasive alternative to traditional periodontal surgery.

The LANAP procedure provides patients with a safe and minimally invasive alternative to traditional periodontal surgery. The technique has been found to be particularly effective for patients who have gum disease and have not been previously treated and for patients who have not seen an adequate response following traditional therapy.

When periodontal disease or inflammation have compromised the integrity of dental implants, laser assisted therapy has been shown to heal the pockets and actually allow new bone to form in some cases. When left untreated, the condition known as peri-implantitis (periodontal disease or pockets around dental implants), can lead to the failure of the implant.

Laser therapy also shows great promise in treating medically compromised patients. Many medical treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, and prescription bisphosphonate medications for the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis can significantly compromise healing after dental procedures. Patients with active periodontal disease could greatly benefit from LANAP treatment prior to starting such medical therapies.

In addition to the LANAP’s ability to eliminate toxic bacteria and promote swift healing, the technique continues to receive accolades for its ease of application, minimal discomfort, and conservation of the surrounding tissues.

If you would like to learn more about the possible applications for LANAP in North Atlanta, contact our skilled and experienced team today for a consultation.

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