LANAP: What to Expect Before and After Laser Gum Therapy

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Advanced gum disease, when left untreated, can be absolutely relentless. Periodontitis is distinct from the early stages of gum disease, gingivitis, in that much of the damage it does is permanent. Though you can’t reverse the damage done by periodontitis, you can certainly stop it in its tracks and then keep it under control from there. Laser dentistry offers an efficient and affordable solution for stopping the progression of gum disease. Take a look at the LANAP® laser dental protocol and learn what you can expect before and after laser therapy.

Things to Know Before Your Appointment

Laser therapy is relatively straightforward. The goal is to eradicate diseased gum tissue in order to preserve healthy tissue. Though straightforward, there are still a few key things you should know about before your appointment:

·         No need to stop taking medications – blood thinners or aspirin

·         You’ll only need local anesthesia

·         No scalpels needed at all

What to Expect After Your Appointment

With conventional gum surgery, you’d have to put a lot more effort into aftercare than you would with laser gum therapy. Conventional gum surgery entails using a scalpel to trim away diseased gum tissue. And because a scalpel is used, you’ll need to have your gums stitched back into place at the end of your procedure. Due to the accuracy of dental lasers, laser gum therapy is much more efficient at removing only decaying gum tissue.

These are some of the top benefits of going with laser therapy over conventional gum surgery:

·         You won’t need stitches because any bleeding will only be minor

·         You’ll heal quickly, since healthy tissue is left intact for the most part

·         You won’t need a follow-up appointment since there will be no stitches to remove

·         Less of a chance for infections to develop in the treatment area

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Take a moment to schedule a consultation with a local dentist to learn more about your options for LANAP in Traverse City, MI.

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