Some people decide to work out more or eat more healthy foods in the New Year. Others want to travel more or write more. Unfortunately, not many people consider their oral health when making New Year’s resolutions, but many should. If you want a healthier smile this year, the LANAP procedure treats gum disease.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease typically begins as red or swollen gums that cause bad breath or a receding gum line. As it progresses, it turns into periodontal disease that makes gums tender, creates pockets of pus and debris buildup, and loosens teeth. Advanced periodontitis may cause severe gum recession or teeth that are misaligned or at risk of falling out.
The LANAP Procedure
Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure is the latest and most innovative technique for treating periodontal disease. LANAP involves a small laser that enters each periodontal pocket to remove diseased tissue, debris, and bacteria. Once removed, periodontist Dr. Andres R. Sanchez, D.D.S., M.S., cleans the surface using hand instruments and ultrasonic scales. From there, a clot forms that prevents bacteria from re-entering the area. If bite adjustments are necessary, this service can also be provided. For 6-12 months after the procedure, your gums and jawbone will heal and attach.
Benefits of the LANAP Procedure
The LANAP procedure offers several benefits. Because of the nature of lasers, treatment is quite precise and allows more of the viable tissue to be saved. Many people report they have minimal discomfort from swelling, talking, or eating after the procedure. Other benefits include minimal gum recession, improved health, long-lasting results, and a faster recovery time than some surgical methods.
Periodontists are experienced in treating patients who have periodontal disease at any stage. We are compassionate, professional, and always willing to assist. If you are ready to schedule your consultation appointment, contact periodontist Dr. Sanchez at PerioWest in Minneapolis, MN today.