Laser Gum Surgery
(Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
Basic Steps of the LANAP® Protocol
Using the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®), Dr. Thomas Dickson can offer patients a less invasive gum disease treatment in Midvale, UT. Patients who are typically averse to gum surgery will find many benefits to this gentle dental care solution. However, before we can discuss these benefits, it is important that you understand how LANAP® works. In just six short steps, Dr. Dickson can remove up to 90 percent of inflammation after a single treatment!
Checking the Pocket Depth
The first step is to insert a small fiber between the teeth and gums to examine the depth of the periodontal pockets. This will show us the extent of the attachment loss so that we can adjust the strength of the treatment accordingly.
Removing Bacteria and Tissue
Dr. Dickson will use the PerioLase®MVP-7™to make an initial pass over the area and remove the bacteria and diseased tissue. Because the laser does not affect teeth, bone, or healthy tissue, LANAP® is considered a more gentle dental care solution than traditional surgery.
Because the laser itself can only denature the calculus and not remove it, Dr. Dickson will use small ultrasonic scalers to eliminate calculus deposits from underneath the gum line.
During this step, Dr. Dickson will use the laser to make a second pass over the area to stimulate bone and tissue regrowth and help prevent tooth loss. This will also cause the blood to clot and stop the tissue from bleeding, making LANAP® not only a more gentle dental care solution, but a safer one as well.
Next, Dr. Dickson will recompress the tissue against the surface of teeth without using sutures.
While LANAP® is a more gentle dental care solution than traditional surgery; there is still a small chance of inflicting damage to teeth with bone loss. In the last and final stage of LANAP®, we will examine your bite and check your teeth for any signs of trauma.
Patients in search of a more gentle dental care solution for gum disease are urged to contact the offices of Dr. Dickson for more information about LANAP® gum disease treatment in Midvale, UT today!
Dr. Thomas R. Dickson and Dr. Lester W. Cannon, general dentists in Midvale, Utah, treat patients from Midvale, UT; Millcreek, UT; and Sandy, UT as well as the surrounding areas. Dr. Dickson and Dr. Cannon provide advanced dental treatments including the LANAP Laser Treatment for gum disease, dental implants, All-on-4, root canals, sedation, and orthodontics. Call (801) 784-1999 to schedule your appointment or click here to request an appointment online.