Dr. Mone offers laser gum surgery, or the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) to patients, because it is a safe and effective way to eliminate gum disease without the use of scalpels or sutures. LANAP® patients are able to complete treatment in a minimal number of visits with little or no pain, or interruption of daily activity.
LANAP® is the only FDA cleared protocol for gum disease treatment. Dr. Mone is trained and certified to perform LANAP®. The procedure is scheduled in two sessions of two hours, concentrating on one side of the mouth during each session. He has been performing this procedure since 2009.
Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Gum Disease Treatment?
Almost anyone with moderate to severe gum disease is a good candidate for this gum disease treatment. There are no contraindications for this gum disease treatment. It will not negatively impact any medications or existing illnesses. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mone.
What are the Health Considerations of Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease has been found to be associated with health risks of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke, premature and low birth weight babies, and diabetes.
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Basic steps of the LANAP® Protocol
- A) Measurement of pockets. The first step of this laser treatment is to measure the depth of your periodontal pockets using a probe. This will tell us how deep the pockets are and how much loss of attachment has occurred.
- B) Laser removes bacteria. Pulsed laser light is used to remove the diseased tissue from the pocket and kill bacteria that causes gum disease. Because the laser light is not absorbed in water, healthy tissue, root, or bone, this surgery is much less invasive and more comfortable for the patient.
- C) Removal of calculus. Calculus is then removed from the root surface of the teeth. Tiny ultrasonic scalers remove the deposits of calculus that form underneath the gum line. The laser will not remove this by its self but it will denature the calculus resulting in better removal with the ultrasonic.
- D) Clot is formed. The laser is used a second time at the bottom of the pocket in order to stimulate the soft tissue, root, and bone. This also causes the blood to become sticky, forming a seal around the teeth. This creates a clean, closed, and stable environment for healing to begin.
- E) Tissue compression. The tissue is recompressed against the root surface of the teeth and no sutures are required.
- F) Adjustment of bite. The doctor will adjust your bite to make sure that there is not a considerable amount of trauma on any of your teeth. Especially the ones that have bone loss.