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Gum Disease and Your Health

Gum disease has been linked to a variety of health complications including heart disease and low birth-weight babies. Until now the majority of the treatment options available were invasive and painful. LANAP is minimally invasive and does not require the cutting or stitching of the gums!

Roswell Dentist Answers: What is LANAP®?

Millions of Americans each year suffer from gum disease, yet only a small percentage actually receives treatment. Gum disease has bePDM_Woman-Smilingen linked to a variety of health complications including but not limited to heart disease, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, and low birth-weight babies. Gum disease is an epidemic in this country and around the world, and until now the majority of the treatment options available included invasive surgery involving cutting the gum tissue down and suturing it back together, or extracting the teeth and

With the introduction of the PerioLase® MVP-7™and the LANAP® protocol (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) we are able to remove and kill only the bacteria within the pockets of your gums while leaving the healthy tissue behind to reattach to the root surface! Why is this important? You can now enjoy less pain, less discomfort, less recession, less sensitivity, and much better and more predictable long-term results. LANAP® is the first and only FDA cleared laser protocol on the market and has been proven through extensive science and research studies in the United States and abroad. Quite simply it is the highest standard of care available in the world for the treatment of periodontal disease. Often we can save teeth that have previously been deemed hopeless by naturally regenerating the bone around the tooth.

If saving your teeth, reducing your pocket depths, and maintaining optimum periodontal health is important to you, this is a treatment that you must consider!

Beware of Phony Laser Treatments and False Advertisements!

LANAP® is the ONLY FDA cleared protocol for the treatment of periodontitis! It is also the ONLY laser with the science, research, and human histological studies to PROVE its claims! No matter what clinician you decide to get laser treatment from be sure that your doctors is LANAP® Certified and they are using the PerioLase® MVP-7™.

The Benefits of LANAP®

Faster Healing

LANAP® is a minimally invasive procedure that allows the body to heal itself quickly

Less Discomfort

Due to the bio stimulation capabilities of the Periolase there is usually little to no discomfort for our patients. It is very rare to prescribe pain medication post op LANAP® in Roswell, GA.

Less Downtime

Most patients that opt for laser gum surgery can go straight back to their daily activities the same day!

Little to No Recession

Patients travel from across the state to have laser surgery because it does not lower the level of the gum line like traditional surgery.

Reduce Inflammation and Bleeding

The PerioLase® MVP-7™can remove 90% of the inflammation in your mouth after one visit. The laser specifically targets the bacteria in your mouth while leaving the healthy tissue intact.

Minimal Bleeding

With the LANAP® Protocol we are able to control the bleeding with the laser. This results in less bleeding and complications.

Saves Teeth!

Patient’s number one reason to receive laser gum surgery is because they want to save and keep their natural teeth.

Bone Regeneration

LANAP® is the only protocol scientifically proven to regenerate bone around teeth.

Very Safe

There are zero contraindications with this laser meaning it does not interfere with any disease or medication.

If you have been told that you have periodontal disease and surgery will be required, it is important to know the difference between traditional gum surgery, (which utilizes a scalpel and sutures) and laser surgery.lanap3

Traditional surgery typically utilizes a scalpel so that the doctor can reflect the gum tissue back for visibility and to clean the pocket and reduce the pocket depth. The pocket depth is reduced by cutting away tissue. In many cases the additional use of bone grafting or membrane materials will be needed in order to achieve reattachment of the gum tissue to the root surface of the tooth. Although in some cases the only way to treat the patient is by traditional surgery the vast majority of patients that we see opt for the less invasive and more comfortable LANAP®, or Laser Gum Surgery.

LANAP® does not require the use of a blade, or sutures. It is a minimally invasive surgery that results in very little recession and pain for the patient. The laser operates at a wavelength that can tell the difference between the diseased tissue and the healthy tissue. This means that the laser is extremely safe and selective when being used in surgery. For the first time we can remove the diseased tissue and bacteria from your gums without harming, cutting, or removing healthy tissue!

Some Key Differences Between Traditional Gum Surgery and LANAP®

Pain – Traditional surgery can be fairly painful and require pain medication and downtime. Many patients opt for dental implants to avoid the pain involved in gum surgery. LANAP® involves much less discomfort. There is almost never a need to prescribe pain medication and the patients can usually go right back to work and move on with their daily routine.

PDM_No-Cut-No-Sew-LogoRecession – Because traditional surgery requires the use of a blade there is no getting away from the gum line being reduced. The question is how much. Traditional surgery can result in lowering the gum line anywhere from 2-4 mm all the way to 10-15mm. LANAP® is much less invasive and more selective in the tissue that it cuts… This results in little to no recession of the gum line. This is a very important difference because recession can lead to a number of aesthetic problems for the patient, and cause the teeth to become very sensitive to cold and hot temperatures.

Healing Time – The healing time for LANAP® is much faster because it is a new technology that is less invasive than scalpel surgery. The laser kills the bacteria in your pockets resulting in reduction of inflammation and healthier tissue.

Long-term results – Although we can have fantastic results long term with both treatments, LANAP® is far more predictable when it comes to bone regeneration and connective reattachment of the tissue. The laser stimulates the bone that surrounds the root of the tooth and has been proven to encourage regeneration, often saving teeth that would have previously been extracted. Many times we can reverse the effects of periodontal disease and the patient will get better and better as time goes on.

In conclusion, as technology evolves and breakthroughs are made in dentistry, we are committed to keeping up and offering the latest and most advanced treatments to our patients in order to provide the highest standard of care available. Utilizing a laser to treat gum disease is something that many patients can take advantage of, although not every patient is a candidate for laser treatment. Please give us a call to schedule your laser consultation today to find out if LANAP® is right for you!

Below are some commonly asked questions about LANAP that Dr. Shenk has answered. To submit your LANAP inquiry, complete the form to the right!

Who is a good candidate for LANAP?

perio1Many people wonder if they need gum treatment. The answer is pretty simple. If it has been several years since you have been to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned it is very likely that you may have some form of gum disease. People think they go " regularly " to the dentist but it has been 9,12,18,even 24 months since their last cleaning as time invariably slips away may have problems. The problems are compounded inadequate brushing and especially flossing . Many times this results in rounded reddish to reddish-purple gums that may or may not bleed with brushing. Bad breath may also be present. However sometimes these overt signs are not readily apparent to the general public. You need to see your dental professional for evaluation and diagnosis.

Treatment can be as simple as a cleaning, improved home-care, and maintaining the recommended interval for your continuing cleanings. However when the " pockets " get deeper ( this is from the top of the visible gum to where it attaches to the tooth ) something else needs to be done. Again it may be as simple as a special " deep cleaning " ( scaling and root planing ) and more frequent cleanings every 3-4 months.

Periodontal surgery becomes necessary when the pocket depths reach 5,6,7+. This is an indication of bone loss and is classic gum disease or periodontitis. These pockets need to be reduced to regain dental health. Traditional periodontal surgery cuts and removes the excess gum tissue and reshapes the remaining bone for the gums to heal better. This is a subtractive procedure that results in the loss of bone as well as the gum tissue. As a result the roots of the teeth are exposed and remain sensitive to hot, cold, and acidic foods.

Lanap is an additive procedure. You do not cut away any gum tissue and the protocol actually causes the bone to regrow under the gums and causes the gums to reattach closer to to top of the gum line thus causing the reduction in pocket depth.

In summary LANAP treats gum disease by a regrowth process while conventional periodontal surgery reduces the pocket by cutting away gums and bone and exposing the roots of the teeth.

How has this changed how you treat periodontal disease?

In the past we would have to refer out patients who needed periodontal surgery because there was no other alternative at that time. Now that we have available the Lanap treatment patients are able to remain in our practice for their treatment. The patients much prefer to remain with someone who they know and trust and have been comfortable with in the past. Of course we still give the option of referral to a traditional periodontal surgeon who will cut away the gums and bone. Obviously this is not a very popular choice!

Why did you invest in LANAP?

We have always kept up with the newest technology to be able to give my patients the best and newest treatment options available.

I was the first dentist in Roswell to incorporate digital Xrays into my practice about 15 years ago. Over that time we have upgraded the sensors and software 6 times to insure that we have the most accurate sensors available with the least amount of radiation which in turn gives the most accurate diagnosis.

In the same way about 9 years ago we were one of the first practices to incorporate the Biolase Waterlase laser into our armamentarium. This has allowed us to do fillings without any or minimal anesthetics. Again just this past year we upgraded to the new generation Biolase which is even more effective.

When the LANAP procedure began introducing dentists to their new technology and protocols I was amazed with their results. Upon further investigation these were not merely claims but were backed up by scientific studies and the procedure was FDA certified.

When you consider the fact that the LANAP treatment causes very little discomfort or pain, most patients experience a shortened recovery period and actually causes the bone to regrow I knew I had to make the investment for my patients since only 1 percent of dentists are trained in this procedure. So once again our practice was the leader in another new technology in Roswell.

What kind of results have you had so far?

Our patients have been very impressed with the results. They report very little post treatment discomfort and are generally amazed at the end of each treatment session that it was so much easier than anticipated. When they come back for their 2 week evaluation their gums look totally different because they are so much better. Our reduction in pocket depth is in the 50-55% range due to a combination of new bone growth and new gum attachment.

How does LANAP compare to traditional GTR in terms of results and patient experience?

Although LANAP and traditional gum surgery both achieve pocket reduction and much improved periodontal health there is no comparison in patient experience.

Traditional surgery involves the cutting away of the gum tissue down to the level of the newly re- contoured bone which exposes the roots of the teeth. This procedure is so painful that the surgical site and roots are covered by a surgical dressing for several weeks post surgery. Most patients need to take prescription pain medication afterward. After the dressings are removed the roots stay sensitive for one to two years. In addition the roots of a tooth are much more susceptible to decay than the tooth itself.

LANAP® has been featured in many televised and print news stories.

Learn more about LANAP® below:

American Institute of Physics – October 1, 2004 Dentists Use Lasers for Less-Painful Gingivitis Treatment

U.S. News and World Report - February 14, 2008 21st-Century Dentistry - A New World of Dental Treatments Requires a Bit Less Bravery

Watch televised news stories here.