The LANAP® laser protocol is a periodontal surgery in Durham, NC that more and more patients with moderate to severe gum disease are talking about. LANAP® treatment with Dr. Michael Richter is an efficient, incision free, and comfortable way to remove bacteria, preserve healthy gum tissue, and prevent tooth loss.
Why Laser Gum Disease Treatment
- LANAP® treatment is minimally invasive – no scalpel or sutures ever
- Laser reduces bleeding, inflammation, and discomfort significantly
- Less risk of infection
- More predictable results
- Reduced chance of gum recession
- Increases bone density and support of existing teeth
- Full recovery in one day or less
FAQs about Gum Disease and LANAP® Laser Treatment
Q: Do gum disease and periodontal disease mean the same thing?
A: Gum disease and periodontal disease both refer to the same oral bacterial infection that can lead to tooth loss and other problems if not treated promptly. There are three stages of gum disease. Gingivitis is the early stage, when gums are affected but teeth and bone are still healthy. Moderate to severe cases of gum disease are more destructive and can lead to bone and tooth loss. This is when laser therapy is most useful because it actually has the power to not only remove bacteria but stimulate bone growth so that tooth loss is less likely to occur.
Q: Is laser gum surgery painless?
A: Many patients choose LANAP® laser treatment simply because it more tolerable than scalpel surgery. Laser is gentle yet extremely effective at targeting bacteria without harming the gum line. No incisions or sutures means less inflammation, minimal bleeding, and a faster recovery.
Q: Can laser gum surgery really stop tooth loss?
A: Human histological studies and thousands of satisfied patients prove that LANAP® treatment stimulates new bone in the jaw to help prevent tooth loss. Even teeth that are loose can be saved in some cases.
Q: Why is LANAP® laser treatment often preferred over traditional gum disease surgery?
A: When gum disease becomes advanced, bacteria are deeply embedded under the gum line. Using a scalpel to reach and remove diseased areas means cutting the gums, rolling them back, and scraping inside the periodontal pockets where bacteria breed. This process can cause a great deal of bleeding and inflammation. The LANAP® protocol does the job faster, more accurately, and with 98 percent less inflammation. Laser also helps prevent tooth loss. For most patients, the choice is easy.
Q: Is LANAP® treatment suitable for any stage of gum disease?
A: LANAP® treatment is most often used for moderate to advanced bacterial infections and in cases where tooth loss is a serious concern. Mild cases are often treated with other methods. If you have gum disease, Dr. Richter will suggest the best way of treating it.
If you have periodontal disease, LANAP® laser treatment may be the solution for you. Call Dr. Richter's office today to schedule your consultation for periodontal surgery in Durham, NC.