How Does LANAP Affect Healing Time?
Gum disease is a serious oral health issue that requires treatment right away. Treatment stops the progression of gum disease and helps to restore your oral health. Following treatment, there is a recovery period. While recovery times vary based on the extent of your gum disease, and the treatment being performed, recovery times traditionally take several weeks. At Karl Zeren DDS we can reduce your recovery time with LANAP.
What is LANAP?
LANAP is an FDA-approved laser treatment that is used to treat periodontal disease. LANAP stands for laser-assisted new attachment procedure. It uses a thin, concentrated beam of laser light to target and removes infected gum tissue, disinfects periodontal pockets, and stimulate the growth of new tissue.
LANAP is a much less invasive procedure than traditional periodontal procedures. Even so, the treatment is still performed under a local anesthetic. This ensures that you do not feel any discomfort during the procedure. Your periodontal pockets are measured to determine the extent of the damage. We then begin your treatment with LANAP.
The LANAP laser provides pinpoint accuracy. The laser is used to target and remove infected gum tissue. Because of its accuracy, the laser removes only the infected tissue, leaving more of your healthy tissues intact. The wavelength of the laser is adjusted so that we can then remove bacteria from your periodontal pockets. At the same time, the laser helps to break up hard deposits on the surfaces of your teeth, making them easier to scrape away. Once the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, the laser is used to sterilize the pockets. The laser also aids in clot formation and stimulates the growth of new tissue.
Benefits of LANAP
LANAP provides many significant benefits.
How LANAP Reduces Healing Time
Just how does LANAP reduce healing time? This is possible because of the pinpoint accuracy of the laser. We can target only the infected tissue, leaving more of your healthy tissue intact. This accuracy reduces tissue trauma. Because of this, pain and swelling are greatly reduced. As the laser cuts your gums, it cauterizes your tissue. This helps to seal the tissue, reducing the amount of bleeding you experience. You also do not have any surgical wounds to recover from.
Healing after LANAP takes only a fraction of the time that it takes with more traditional treatments. One of the major benefits to faster healing is that your risk for developing infections or experiencing other complications after periodontal treatment. Reduced recovery times also mean that there is less disruption in your life. You can get back to your normal activities much more quickly.
Even though LANAP reduces recovery time, it is important that you take good care of your mouth following your treatment. This includes eating a diet of soft foods during this time, resting, and practicing good oral hygiene. You will be provided with instructions after your procedure that will help you to heal properly.
LANAP provides many significant benefits, including reducing your recovery time after treatment. For more information, and to find out if LANAP is right for you, call Karl Zeren DDS at (410) 316-6141 today