Gum disease is a threat not only to your gums but your teeth and overall health as well. At Perio & Implant Center of Monterey Bay and the Silicon Valley, Jochen Pechak, DDS, MSD, and his team offer innovative LANAP® laser dentistry. This periodontal therapy gently and effectively removes diseased gum tissue and repairs your oral health. Call the nearest office in Sunnyvale or Monterey, California, to learn more about LANAP laser dentistry.
LANAP stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure. This specialized treatment uses laser light energy to remove diseased gum tissue and harmful bacteria to heal the infection. LANAP is the only FDA-approved treatment of its kind.
Dr. Pechak is certified in this advanced technology that effectively heals gum disease.
LANAP therapy requires no incisions or stitches. For you, that means less bleeding, reduced swelling, and a faster recovery.
Because laser periodontal therapy removes only diseased tissue, you don’t lose healthy gum tissue that supports your teeth. You experience minimal gum shrinkage after surgery, so your teeth’s roots are less exposed. This means your smile is less affected, and neither is the sensitivity of your teeth.
The procedure takes about two hours and is usually wrapped up in just two visits and two follow-ups.
Standard gum disease treatments require much more time, as well as incisions and sutures. They result in a lot of bleeding and increased soreness after the procedure. Recovery from LANAP is quick with minimal discomfort..
Gum disease spreads from your gum to the supporting tissue and bones surrounding your teeth. This causes pockets to form. As the pockets grow deeper, bacteria thrive in them, making your infection worse.
During LANAP therapy, Dr. Pechak uses laser light to gently remove harmful bacteria, allowing the gum pockets to heal naturally and your teeth stabilize.
The LANAP probe finds these pockets, and the laser kills only the bacteria and diseased tissue. The procedure also includes using an ultrasonic scaler that uses sound waves to break up and loosen tartar around your teeth.
The laser does another pass to destroy any remaining diseased tissue. You then wear a clear mouth guard that presses your gums against the root surface, so bacteria can’t easily get in.
Following LANAP, you should eat only soft foods for several days. You’ll be able to return to your regular diet much faster than if you had undergone conventional gum surgery. You need just 24 hours to recover, meaning little or no lost work time.
The LANAP procedure provides long-lasting results. Up to 98% of treated patients remain stable after five years. Only 5% of those treated with conventional gum surgery report such results.
If gum disease threatens your teeth, call Perio & Implant Center of Monterey Bay and the Silicon Valley to learn how LANAP laser dentistry can help. You can set up an appointment at that time or use this website to schedule your appointment.