The CDC reports periodontal disease impacts 47.2 percent of adults 30 years and older, increasing to 70.1 percent of adults over the age of 65. Our periodontist offers a minimally invasive treatment that can help control gum disease in Birmingham, AL. This procedure is called LANAP®, which stands for laser-assisted new attachment procedure. LANAP is a full mouth procedure that uses a PerioLase® MVP-7™ dental laser. This advanced laser technology targets the bacteria that cause gum disease. The laser is able to treat gum disease on natural teeth and dental implants. The patient can expect less recession after LANAP than other periodontal treatments as the precision of the laser reduces damage to the gum tissue. 

What to Expect Before the Procedure: Our periodontist will educate you on all steps of the LANAP process, in addition to answering any questions you many have. Before the procedure, our periodontist may take x-rays and measure periodontal pocket depth to determine the extent of your gum disease.

What to Expect During the Procedure:
Usually, LANAP can treat gum disease in two office visits. Each visit lasts about 2 hours—completing one side of the mouth during each 2-hour session. Our periodontist often offers local anesthetic to be used to numb the mouth prior to treatment. You should feel no sensations of pain, but areas of your mouth may feel warm as quadrants are being treated with the laser.

What to Expect After the Procedure:
 Since there are no cuts or sutures with LANAP, the healing time and post-treatment sensitivity are minimal. Patients often report going back to their normal routine right after the procedure. You may feel soreness with mild pain. The tissue surrounding the teeth may be discolored. You can also expect your bite to feel different after the procedure. This will be adjusted by our periodontist as the teeth will be shifting after the procedure.

LANAP has been an incredible asset to maintaining gum disease in dentistry. Our periodontist can let you know if you are a candidate for LANAP to treat gum disease in Birmingham, AL. If you would like to know more about LANAP, schedule an appointment with our periodontist, Dr. Leigh Kent today!