As an Atlanta periodontist, Dr. Gregg Codelli can tell you that LANAP® has several benefits to traditional gum disease treatment. But before you can understand these benefits, you need to know how LANAP® works. Laser gum surgery is different from regular dental surgery in a few key ways. This is how it works:
- First Dr. Codelli, your Atlanta periodontist will measure the depth of your periodontal pockets to determine how much loss of attachment has occurred. This is done by inserting a tiny fiber between your tooth and gum.
- Then a pulsed laser is used to remove all bacteria and diseased tissue from the area. This is a highly intelligent laser that is able to distinguish between healthy and infected tissue. Patients experience little to no pain or discomfort during the process.
- The next step in LANAP® dental surgery is to remove calculus from the surface of the teeth. The laser alone cannot do this so Dr. Codelli, your Atlanta periodontist will use ultra-sonic scalers for this part.
- Then Dr. Codelli will make a second pass with the laser. This is done to stimulate the bone and soft tissue to promote regrowth. During this part of the dental surgery, a blood clot is also formed and creates a tight seal around the tooth.
- The next step is to recompress the tissue against the surface of the tooth. Unlike with traditional dental surgery, Dr. Codelli does not need to use sutures for this step.
- The final step is to adjust your bite. Dr. Codelli will examine your teeth to make sure no considerable amount of trauma has been done.
As you can see, there is no cutting or stitching involved in laser dental surgery. This is how LANAP® is able to reduce pain and discomfort. Very rarely will Dr. Codelli need to prescribe pain medication to a patient for this advanced dental surgery.