The traditional method of gum surgery requires scalpels and a significant recovery time. In the past, it was the most effective option for treating gum disease, but that no longer holds true. Laser technology and the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP ®) allows dentists like Dr. Matthew McRae Jr. in Athens, GA to offer an effective alternative to the treatment of gum disease with gum surgery.
Traditional methods of gum surgery require Dr. McRae to lift and roll your gums back to remove bacteria and infected tissue caused by gum disease. With this method, it is also necessary at times to perform a bone grafting procedure to assist in the reattachment of the gum tissue to the tooth surfaces. This method inevitably requires sutures to expedite healing.
Sharp instruments, such as scalpels, are also necessary. Often, these instruments unintentionally remove healthy tissue along with infected tissue. While this form of gum surgery treats the disease, patients are often left with bleeding gums during the recovery process as well as gum recession.
LANAP® has completely revolutionized gum surgery. Dr. McRae can now offer his patients an effective, minimally invasive form of gum surgery using the PerioLase® MVP-7™. This technology allows him to remove infected tissue, leaving healthy tissue behind. No sharp tools are used in this procedure, leading to minimal pain and a faster healing time without bleeding gums or gum recession during the recovery period.
The PerioLase® MVP-7™ used in LANAP® also sterilizes treatment areas and stimulates bone, encouraging new growth. The results from this procedure are also more predictable in their long term benefits for patients.
Some of the other benefits of this gum surgery include:
- Faster recovery period
- Minimal discomfort during and after the procedure
- Little to no gum recession resulting from the procedure
- Reduced inflammation and bleeding during and after the treatment
- Helps to save teeth that might not have been salvageable with traditional gum surgery
- Encourages bone regeneration around the teeth
- Safe for many patients who have preexisting conditions or are on medication
LANAP® is an advanced method of treating moderate to advanced gum disease. Call Dr. McRae in Athens, GA today to schedule your consultation for laser gum surgery.