Nearly 65 million Americans have periodontitis. It’s the most severe form of periodontal disease, and it’s the No.1 oral health disease in the United States.
Periodontal disease starts as gingivitis. While gingivitis can be reversed with dental cleanings and good oral hygiene habits, it can progress to periodontitis if you don’t address it early enough.
As periodontitis progresses, gum inflammation and infection often worsen. Your risk of tooth loss and other complications goes up the longer periodontal disease remains untreated, but the good news is that you have treatment options.
PerioLase® LANAP® is a minimally invasive laser treatment for periodontitis. J. Paul Fuentes, DDS, and Andrew Peterson, DMD, along with our team at Arcadia Perio offer this revolutionary treatment because it stops periodontal disease and regenerates healthy tissue from the inside out.
If you’ve been diagnosed with periodontitis, it’s time to learn more about the benefits of LANAP, which stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. LANAP therapy can:
Treat periodontal disease
Periodontal disease is the most common oral health disease in the United States. If left untreated, it can lead to significant tooth loss and reduced mouth function. LANAP is a safe and effective way to treat it.
LANAP targets inflamed gum tissue and stimulates regenerative growth. At Arcadia Perio, we deep-clean your teeth to remove hard deposits, then treat damaged tissue with the laser.
Reverse gum recession
One of the most common complications of periodontal disease is gum recession. Periodontal disease damages gum tissue. Over time, your gums recede, exposing the roots of your teeth and increasing tooth sensitivity and the risk of tooth loss.
LANAP stops the progression of periodontal disease and gum recession, but it also stimulates healthy tissue regeneration. After treatment, your gums start growing back stronger, making it a popular option for our patients who have suffered significant gum recession.
As we mentioned above, LANAP addresses periodontal disease by strengthening gum tissue and stopping recession, but the benefits don’t end there. Laser treatment tackles bacteria buildup and infection at the same time.
In many cases, our patients have infections in and around pockets of periodontal disease. Laser treatment destroys infection-causing bacteria.
LANAP is an incision-free, minimally invasive procedure. Because it doesn’t require cutting or stitches, this treatment has a lower risk of complications compared to traditional gum surgery.
We recommend LANAP for a wide range of our patients because there’s:
- Less bleeding
- Less gum tissue loss
- Less pain
- Less sensitivity
- Less swelling
- A lower risk of post-op infection
Laser treatment effectively removes damaged tissue, without compromising nearby healthy tissues. There are no stitches to worry about, and risk of post-treatment complications is low.
Shorten recovery times
Since LANAP is less invasive, many of our patients find that there’s very little downtime following treatment. Recovery from traditional gum surgery can take at least two weeks, but recovery after LANAP generally requires less than 24 hours.
With LANAP procedures, you have less blood loss, less swelling, and less pain, which means you can get back to your daily activities without disruptions.
If you have periodontal disease, LANAP laser dentistry could restore your oral health. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Fuentes or Dr. Peterson to find out if this revolutionary treatment is a good option for you. Call our Arcadia, California, office or contact us online now to set up your appointment.