The LANAP® laser protocol is an advanced periodontitis treatment that many patients are unaware of. Before you decide if this is the right solution for you, it is important to understand how it works and what the benefits are. Here is a list of commonly asked questions regarding laser gum disease treatment in Newport Beach, CA for patients of Dr. Coury Staadecker:
What is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?
The term “gingivitis” refers to the earliest stages of gum disease in which only the outer tissue layers are effected. Gingivitis can usually be treated fairly easily without the need for surgery. However, untreated gingivitis can quickly spread to the deeper tissue layers. This is called “periodontitis.” Infections at this stage are more involved and usually require laser surgery.
Is LANAP® treatment painful?
LANAP® laser treatment is widely considered to be minimally painful compared with traditional gum surgery. This is because it uses lasers to vaporize tissue, rather than cutting it away with blades or scalpels. Since the laser is able to distinguish between healthy and diseased tissue, only the infected areas are removed while the teeth, bone, and healthy tissue are preserved.
Is it safe?
LANAP® treatment has been in use for several decades and is considered to be very safe and predictable. Since the laser is able to cauterize the wounds and reduce bleeding, the risk of a secondary infection is greatly reduced. It can also be used to stimulate regrowth in areas that have been damaged by periodontitis. This helps to prevent tooth loss in the future.
Is LANAP® laser surgery right for me?
LANAP® laser surgery can be used to improve the health of almost everybody suffering from periodontitis. To find out if you are a candidate for laser gum disease treatment in Newport Beach, CA, contact Dr. Staadecker and schedule your consultation today!