Benefits of LANAP in Long Island
It’s also the only FDA-approved laser treatment that provides patients a solution for periodontal disease. LANAP treatments are available from Dr. David R. Scharf, a periodontist and dental implant specialist based in Long Island, NY.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis or gum disease, is where the gums get infected by bacteria accumulating over it and your teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause bleeding during brushing, flossing, and eating.
Everyone’s mouth contains some bacteria, and with regular teeth brushing and flossing, those bacteria don’t cause a problem. However, problems begin with irregular or no teeth cleaning.
The disease begins with plaque and tartar deposits building up on the gum line. When that plaque and tartar don’t get cleaned, it provides a food source for bacteria. In turn, the bacteria creates an acid that results in an inflammatory response inside the gum tissue.
Eventually, as periodontal disease progresses, gum tissue recedes and causes the teeth to lose bone support. In advanced stages of the disease, connective tissue that holds the teeth in place fails, resulting in lost teeth.
Patients will also experience pain while chewing, and other symptoms can include bad breath and a foul taste in the mouth. What’s more, the accumulated mouth bacteria can make their way into the bloodstream and cause other health problems.
With that in mind, it makes sense to tackle the symptoms of periodontal disease sooner rather than later. Dr. Scharf and his team offer patients LANAP laser gum treatment to treat periodontal disease.
How Does LANAP Work?
LANAP is a scientifically proven treatment that results in periodontal regeneration. As you may have already gathered, it’s a dental solution that uses laser technology to encourage new bone growth and gum tissue attachment.
The LANAP system used by Dr. Scharf incorporates a periodontal probe that has a variable pulsed laser attached to it.
Each treatment session begins with Dr. Sharf inserting the probe into a gingival pocket - the space between your tooth and gum created by periodontal disease. He then moves the probe around the tooth, letting the laser destroy bacteria and damaged tissue.
An advantage of the LANAP system used by Dr. Scharf is that it kills 99% of bacteria on and underneath the gum tissue. The innovative technology only targets bacteria and damaged tissue, leaving healthy tissue alone.
Dr. Scharf repeats the procedure for each tooth and all gum tissue affected by periodontal disease to ensure effective treatment. Once complete, Dr. Scharf uses special dental instruments to scrape plaque and tartar under the gumline loosened by the LANAP laser.
The final part of the procedure involves using the LANAP laser probe to create blood clots in each gingival pocket. Doing so helps reattach gum tissue to each tooth and prevents new bacteria from forming on the treatment areas.
Lastly, Dr. Sharf will check your bite to ensure nothing will prevent your gingival pockets from healing.
Why Is LANAP Better Than Traditional Treatments?
You may have got offered conventional dental treatments that required surgery to treat periodontal disease in the past. LANAP is the preferred option against such treatments, but why is LANAP better than those traditional treatments?
LANAP laser gum treatment can be completed in a single two-hour session. Most people only need two treatment sessions to diminish the effects of periodontal disease. Traditional treatment sessions can often be longer as they’re more involved.
Another advantage of LANAP is how it’s a minimally invasive treatment. There is no surgical cutting or suturing required with the vast majority of patients, plus there is little discomfort involved in each treatment session as local anesthetic gets used.
Other benefits of LANAP compared to traditional periodontal disease treatment include quicker recovery times. Patients can take over-the-counter pain relief medication to minimize discomfort post-procedure.
Once you’ve had LANAP treatment sessions to treat periodontal disease, Dr. Scharf will ask you to see him once every three months to check that your gums are healing well.
Is There Any Downtime With LANAP?
When you have laser gum treatment using the LANAP system from Dr. Scharf, you can enjoy relatively low downtime compared with traditional treatment options. The recovery process is simple, and you can manage it with over-the-counter pain relief medication.
Most patients tend to recover after a LANAP treatment session entirely within 48 hours. Once you’ve had LANAP treatment, you can return to the rest of your day’s activities; some patients may prefer to rest at home for the duration of the day.
It’s normal to expect some swelling, tenderness, tooth sensitivity, and light bleeding after LANAP. Dr. Scharf will advise you to eat soft foods for a few days following the LANAP procedure to avoid putting undue pressure on your teeth.
Am I a Candidate for Laser Gum Treatment?
You could be a candidate for LANAP laser gum treatment if you exhibit the symptoms associated with periodontal disease. At this time, LANAP is the only FDA-approved laser treatment for gum disease.
Also, LANAP might be ideal for you if you’d rather avoid having surgery to treat periodontal disease. LANAP is safe for candidates that have other health conditions, such as diabetes and hemophilia.
Dr. Scharf will examine your teeth and gums at your initial consultation to determine whether LANAP is suitable for your needs and discuss an effective treatment plan with you.
Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Scharf
If you believe that laser gum treatment is the right option for you and you’d like to learn more about LANAP, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Scharf. His office serves patients in and around the Long Island area of New York.