Laser Periodontal Therapy™ is a laser based technique for the treatment of periodontal disease using the Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., PerioLase® Laser. Fear of periodontal treatment vanishes when patients find out no scalpel or sutures will be used. Our office is one of a select group of periodontists to offer Laser Periodontal Therapy™ for the treatment of gingivitis and/or periodontitis. Following are commonly asked questions about this technology.
How does LANAP work?
First, Dr. Cliff Melnick uses the LANAP Laser technology to kill the bacteria and remove the inflamed diseased gum tissue while maintaining the healthy tissue. This allows access to the base of the gum pocket to access the tarter directly. Using the ultrasonic scaler to then clean the tooth thoroughly. A second pass of the LANAP Laser is then used to further destroy the bacteria and coagulate the blood clot to seal the gum around the tooth and promote quicker regeneration of bone and connective tissue. In otherwords, Dr. Melnick is using the bodies only natural cell production and healing to promote regeneration. Lastly, a small amount of light energy from a laser is directed through a tiny fiber, which is gently placed between the gum and tooth. This light energy removes a tiny amount of diseased tissue and aids in reducing the bacteria associated with the disease. After the area is thoroughly cleaned, the body can heal the area naturally.
Does the LANAP procedure hurt?
The procedure is virtually painless, as we anesthetize the area for the patient’s comfort. In this way we can precisely direct the laser for treatment. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and of short duration. Over the counter drugs like Motrin are sufficient to manage any mild pain, if any, after the procedure.
How long does the LANAP procedure take?
In general, we treat one half of the mouth at a time. The surgical visits are ideally made one to two weeks apart, and take about two to three hours each on average.
Does LANAP treatment cost more than traditional gum surgery?
The cost of the laser surgery is generally slightly more than traditional surgery, and will depend upon the severity and complexity of your condition. At your initial consultation, we can identify your specific situation, and give you an estimate of what your costs would be. We will work with you to obtain financing if desired. Some dental insurance plans may cover a portion of your treatment. The marginal difference in cost is far outweighed when considering the benefits including but not limited to: quicker recover time, no scalpel, and no downtime from work. The dramatically increased comfort for our patients made the new system attractive to our office. We do encourage patients to take care of the need now to reduce further damage to their gums, teeth and bone.