Laser Dentistry FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Periodontal Disease?
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?
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?
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.