Gum disease can occur due to poor oral care and many other factors, if it is not treated, it can eventually cause tooth loss. Previously, treatment options included root planing and scaling, as well as surgical options. Now, a much less invasive treatment called laser gum therapy can painlessly treat your gum problems. This laser therapy is called the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP). Here’s a look at some of the benefits of LANAP for gum disease:
Improved Healing Abilities
With traditional surgery for gum disease, healthy tissues as well as diseased tissues were removed. With laser gum therapy, these healthy tissues are not targeted. This gives the healing process a head start. LANAP has also been shown to encourage the reattachment of gums to the teeth, which does not occur with traditional surgical techniques.
Minimized Side Effects
Laser gum therapy also minimizes the side effects of treatment. Whereas traditional surgical techniques could cause significant pain, swelling, bleeding, sensitivity, and gum recession, laser gum therapy minimizes these risks. Patients who undergo a LANAP procedure can enjoy a faster recovery with very little discomfort.
Some patients might be concerned about insurance coverage for laser procedures. However, insurance reimbursements should not change when a different tool is used for a specific treatment. If your insurance company offers gum disease treatment coverage, laser therapy should be covered. However, it’s always a good idea to check with your insurance company before undergoing any procedure.
Lasers operate with varying wavelengths. There are specific levels of power and wavelengths that are perfectly safe to use for dental procedures. It’s important to choose a dentist who has completed training in the use of lasers for dental procedures, because it is possible to select the wrong wavelength on the device.
Dr. Deanna Snitzer of Colorado Advanced Dentistry has completed FDA-approved training and coursework for LANAP procedures. If you have any questions about this cutting-edge procedure and how it can improve your smile, please call us at (720) 420-1103. Schedule an appointment or browse our website to learn more about treatment for gum disease.