For many years traditional periodontal therapy was a surgical procedure. Although this treatment modality is extremely effective and predictable, the first few days/weeks post treatment was uncomfortable for some patients.
Today, due to modern technology most treatment for periodontal disease can be achieved through the use of the dental laser. To date there is only one laser approved by the FDA for the treatment of periodontitis. We have incorporated this laser, manufactured by Millennium Technologies, known as Periolase into our practice. The treatment procedure is known as LANAP (laser assisted new attachment procedure). Treatment is non-invasive, comfortable post-treatment, and virtually all patients return to their daily routine on modest medications, the next day. For more information please view the video adjacent to this narrative.
Incorporating this technology required that Dr. Richman and Dr. Abelman complete substantial out of state training sessions and become certified in the use of the LANAP protocol by Millennium technologies. This technology is ideal for patients with compromised medical histories as well as patients on anti-coagulant therapy, bisphosphonate therapy, cancer therapy, etc. Please call our office if you have any specific questions on how LANAP might benefit you or a loved one.
Finally, studies clearly show that the effectiveness of this specific laser technology (LANAP) is equivalent to traditional surgical periodontal therapy.
Signs and Symptoms of Advanced Dental Disease Including Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Chronic disease anywhere in the body is insidious, thus advanced symptoms may only appear late after significant damage has occurred. Warning signs of advanced dental disease include:
- Redness, tenderness, pain, swollen gums
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing or biting into an apple
- Insufficient long term flossing over a lifetime
- Receding gums, frequently described ‘getting long in the tooth’
- Teeth moving or shifting
- Loose teeth
- Appliances no longer fit comfortably
- Previous history of tooth loss including parents
- History of smoking, diabetes or other metabolic diseases