Laser Periodontal Therapy FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Periodontal Disease?
It's an infection of the gums. It starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form calculus or tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria which attacks the soft tissue around the gums. This early stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis. Symptoms include red swollen gums, bleeding, bad breath and, sometimes, an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis. At this severe stage, bacteria destroys both the gums and the supporting bone structurel Pockets form where teeth are separated from the gums and surrounding bones. Left untreated, Periodontitis eventually results in tooth loss.
What is Laser Periodontal Therapy?
Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP), is a therapy designed for the effective treatment of gum disease through regeneration rather than resection. This therapy, and the laser which performs it (The PerioLase MVP-7, Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc.) have long been in use by the dental community. LANAP is a US Food and Drug Administration -approved patented protocol for the treatment of periodontal disease.
What's the best way to treat Periodontal Disease?
LANAP™ surgical laser protocol alternative to gum surgery, is a less painful, less traumatic way to treat periodontal disease at any stage.
What does the FDA say about Laser Periodontal Therapy (LANAP)?
"As Chair of the Periodontic Department of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine I was delighted to learn Millennium has received acknowledgement from the FDA that LANAP can achieve the "Gold Standard" in periodontal therapy---true periodontal regeneration. Rutgers periodontal residents are trained in the most advanced techniques, including the LANAP protocol," adds Andrew Sullivan, DDS.
What's different about Research Proven LANAP™ ?
LANAP™ uses a special kind of laser called the PerioLase-MVP-7™, invented by two dentists in Cerritos, California. Dr. Robert Gregg and Dr. Delwin McCarthy spent years developing a better way to treat gum disease. The laser fiber, which is only about as wide as three human hairs, is inserted between the gum tissue and your tooth, where it painlessly removes the noxious elements that cause gum disease.
How many treatments will I need?
LANAP™ doesn't take much time at all -- just two two-hour sessions versus eight to ten one-hour sessions with surgery. You don't have to worry about bleeding, stitches or post-treatment infection, because your gums haven't been cut.
What about recovery - will I be in pain or need to follow a special routine?
The sense of recovery is immediate, due to the laser’s ability to seal blood vessels, lymphatics and nerve endings. Of course, your tissue needs time to recover, regenerate and heal over the course of time, but after LANAP™ sessions, you can drive your car, go back to work, or do anything else you like.
Does this treatment cost more than traditional gum surgery?
Typically we use the same billing codes as traditional gum surgery and the laser treatment is generally no more expensive than traditional surgery. There are other factors which may affect the cost, such as the severity of the periodontal disease, and how many teeth are involved. Many insurance plans pay only for a portion of this treatment. Patients should discuss their payment options with the dental office personnel as we offer financing for this treatment. The dramatically increased comfort for our patients made the new system attractive to our office. We do encourage patients to take care of the need now to reduce further damage to their gums, teeth and bone.