The newest technology available for periodontal patient care is now available at The Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics.
Dr. Robert A. Levine and Dr. Philip L. Fava are two of the few leading-edge periodontists in the region to offer patients the LANAP® gum disease treatment procedure. The PerioLase MVP-7 Laser is the only FDA approved laser to treat gum disease with the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®). This is a minimally invasive periodontal procedure like no other with a pulsing laser which is absorbed by infected and inflamed tissue. The diseased tissue and bacteria which have a darker pigment than healthy tissue are”zapped” away by the laser, leaving behind only healthy gum tissue. LANAP® then helps connective tissue and bone form between the gums and teeth. According to a study in the December 2007 issue of the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry (of which Dr. Levine is a board member), this evidence based protocol provides consistent, reproducible, positive bone-building results to reverse gum disease. The laser is also able to seal the gums with a blood clot which creates a physical barrier, blocking any bacteria or tissue that could recreate a gum pocket, eliminating the need for sutures.
Our fully trained and certified LANAP® periodontists, Drs. Levine and Fava, are now able to provide another option for patients who have already undergone a scaling and planing procedure without sufficient results. Normally, conventional cut and suture periodontal surgery would be indicated for such a patient; however, our doctors can now offer an alternative with comparable results. The benefits of LANAP® include less pain, less gum recession, decreased bleeding, swelling and root sensitivity and less downtime after treatment. An added benefit of laser surgery is the antibacterial effect that helps disinfect the periodontal pockets. Controlling periodontal disease with LANAP® makes it possible to save and restore otherwise hopeless teeth.
Laser treatment is also beneficial for patients who have medical problems requiring medications such as aspirin, Plavix and Coumadin. Since LANAP® causes much less bleeding than traditional surgeries; patients do not have to discontinue using these drugs prior to surgery. Patients with advanced periodontal disease who take bisphosphonates, such as Fosamax, can avoid extractions that can lead to osteonecrosis of the jaw since teeth with a poor prognosis can now often be saved by treatment with the new laser. LANAP® is also safe for patients with HIV, hemophilia or diabetes.
Additionally, a modification of the LANAP® procedure can be used to treat infections around implants. This procedure, LAPIP® (Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure), like LANAP®, targets removing the infection and helps to regrow bone. LAPIP® offers an exciting and promising outlet for patients because maintaining and even healing ailing implants reduces the need for more invasive surgeries, and in the worst case scenario, implant replacement.
LANAP®: How Laser Gum Disease Treatment Works
LANAP® laser gum disease treatment is an easier, gentler way to get healthier gums. One session usually takes about two hours and requires only some local anesthetic. Plus, most patients are able to resume regular activity the very same day – without any pain medication.
Here’s what to expect when you visit Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics for a LANAP® laser gum disease treatment:
1. Measuring the gum pocket depth. As periodontists, specialists in gum disease, Dr. Levine or Dr. Fava will use a probe to determine how deep your gum pockets are and how much connective tissue has detached from the roots of your teeth.
2. Removing diseased tissue and bacteria. Dr. Levine or Dr. Fava will apply extremely targeted and painless pulses of laser light between your teeth and gums to kill bacteria without harming nearby healthy tissue. LANAP® laser gum disease treatment is specifically designed to leave good tissue intact so it can reconnect and support existing teeth.
3. Removing the calculus. The laser is used to weaken all of the calculus – also called tartar – embedded under your gum line so your doctor can clear it away using tiny, ultrasonic scalers.
4. Creating clots to promote healing. During this stage of laser gum disease treatment, your doctor will use the laser to stimulate soft tissue, root and bones, which causes the blood to thicken and form a clean, protective barrier around your teeth.
5. Compressing the gum tissue. One of the best features of LANAP® gum disease treatment is going home without a single suture. Your doctor simply compresses your gum tissue to the surface of the roots and your body does the healing naturally.
6. Adjusting the bite. In this final step, your doctor will adjust your bite to ensure that your teeth remain comfortable and stable. This is particularly important for any teeth that have incurred bone loss.
Dr. Robert A. Levine and Dr. Philip L. Fava look forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!