LANAP® Laser Periodontal Surgery in Wayne, NJ

Did you know that almost half of American adults ages 30 and older have some form of gum disease? At Fine Dental Care, we’re excited to offer innovative solutions like LANAP® laser periodontal surgery, a groundbreaking treatment for gum disease. Developed by Dr. Robert Gregg, a colleague of Dr. Fine’s from dental school, this cutting-edge therapy sets us apart. Thanks to this connection, Fine Dental Care was one of the first practices to adopt and perfect this advanced treatment. For decades, Dr. Fine has been dedicated to providing the most effective periodontal treatments. He is also a proud fellow in the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, showcasing his commitment to using the latest technology for your best smile.

Understanding LANAP®

LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is a state-of-the-art periodontal surgery that utilizes laser technology to treat gum disease with precision and minimal discomfort. The procedure targets infected gum pockets to eliminate harmful bacteria and diseased tissue while preserving healthy gum tissue. This technique greatly reduces the need for cutting and sutures, making it a less invasive alternative to traditional gum surgery.

The LANAP® Laser Periodontal Surgery Procedure

During the procedure, Dr. Fine uses a specialized dental laser to access and remove the inflamed gum tissue around the tooth’s root. Once he removes the infected tissue and the root is exposed, he will clean the area thoroughly to remove calculus and plaque below the gum line. The laser is then used to create a clot to reattach the gum tissue to the clean surface. This process heals the gums and also encourages regeneration and reattachment of the tissues, reducing pocket depth.

LANAP® Laser Periodontal Surgery in Wayne, NJ | Dr. Bruce Fine

Advantages of LANAP®

LANAP® offers several benefits over traditional gum surgery, including:

  • Less discomfort: Since the procedure is minimally invasive, patients typically experience less pain and discomfort during and after the treatment.
  • Faster healing: The laser’s precision allows for quicker recovery times with less swelling and bleeding.
  • Greater accuracy: The laser targets only the diseased tissue, preserving more of the healthy gum, which promotes better oral health and faster healing.
  • Reduced risk of infection: The laser sterilizes as it cuts. This reduces the risk of infection and contributes to swifter recovery.

Ideal Candidates for LANAP®

LANAP® is particularly beneficial for patients suffering from moderate to severe periodontal disease who are looking for an effective, less painful treatment option. It is also an excellent choice for patients who are apprehensive about traditional surgery or those with health conditions that necessitate less invasive procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions About LANAP® Laser Periodontal Surgery

How does gum disease develop?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, begins when bacteria infiltrate below the gum line, disrupting the attachment between gums and teeth. The progression of gum disease includes several phases. Initially, bacterial plaque accumulates on the teeth and gums. This sticky mix of bacteria, food debris, and saliva can solidify into tartar or calculus if not regularly removed, providing a rough surface that harbors bacteria more readily. These bacteria release toxins that inflame the gums, leading to gingivitis—characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

If untreated, gingivitis may escalate to periodontitis, a severe form that can destroy the supporting gum tissues, ligaments, and bone. Without intervention, this can cause teeth to loosen or shift, potentially leading to tooth loss. Early detection and good oral hygiene can halt the progression, underscoring the importance of regular dental checkups.

What advantages does laser therapy for gum disease offer over traditional surgery?

Laser therapy for gum disease, such as LANAP, provides a less invasive, more effective, and more comfortable alternative for treating moderate to severe cases. This approach significantly reduces pain, speeds up recovery times, and eliminates the need for invasive surgeries and sutures.

What results can be expected from gum disease laser therapy?

Laser therapy for gum disease aims to eliminate infection. It also allows the tissues around the gums to heal and potentially reattach at or near their original depth. The result is a healthier gum pocket free of disease.

How many sessions are required for gum disease laser therapy?

Gum disease laser therapy typically involves two systematic treatments and two to four follow-up visits to ensure the gum pocket is free from disease and promotes tissue reattachment.

Experience LANAP® Laser Periodontal Surgery at Fine Dental Care

If you’re battling gum disease and are looking for a modern treatment solution that offers comfort, effectiveness, and quick recovery, LANAP® might be right for you. We encourage you to schedule a visit at Fine Dental Care in Wayne, NJ, to experience the benefits of this innovative treatment. Our team is here to help you restore your oral health with the most advanced dental care available. Contact us today and take the first step towards a healthier smile.