In the initial stages of periodontal disease, or gingivitis, there are many treatment options available, from antibiotics to deep cleanings. However, once gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, more aggressive treatment is necessary. Traditionally, dental surgery was generally recommended to remove infected tissue and bacteria, but now laser technology can be utilized to treat periodontal disease. The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) eliminates the bacteria that cause periodontal infections, offering advantages of health, comfort, and convenience to patients of Dr. Loren Frumker in Willoughby, OH.
How Is LANAP® Different from Traditional Dental Surgery?
Laser dental surgery does not require the use of scalpels or stitches. The light from the laser is capable of eliminating the bacteria in your mouth as well as any diseased tissue. One of the many advantages is that there are no traditional surgical wounds, which reduces healing times and minimalizes pain for our patients. Also, there is far less risk of gum recession associated with this procedure. With traditional dental surgery, healthy gum tissue must be cut to allow the doctor visibility and access to the surgical site and then sewn closed upon completion. This step in the process can result in significant gum recession, but with LANAP®, Dr. Frumker is able to treat the infection without surgical incisions and leave your healthy tissue intact.
An extraordinary benefit of laser dental surgery is that it can possibly reverse the damage of periodontal disease. While the effects of gingivitis may be easily reversed, damage caused by the later stages of periodontal disease, such as loss of tooth and bone, have previously been regarded as permanent loss. Yet, LANAP® has been shown to regenerate the supportive bone around your teeth. Laser dental surgery allows Dr. Frumker to save teeth that would likely have been extracted without laser treatment.
If you have symptoms of gingivitis or periodontitis, contact our office for a consultation. Dr. Frumker can provide you with more information about this alternative to traditional dental surgery in Willoughby, OH.