Options & Alternatives
Gingivitis can be reversed with regular, professional cleanings and excellent home care including daily flossing!
Once your condition has progressed to periodontitis, surgical intervention is usually necessary to eliminate the deep pockets which develop between the teeth and gums.
Traditional gum surgery involves cutting away some of the gum tissue and reshaping the bone underneath. LANAP is a progressive technique using a specialized laser to destroy the bacteria which cause disease and alter the tissue so that it has the opportunity to heal.
The use of the laser is less invasive than traditional scalped surgery and results in a much faster and less painful recovery.
How LANAP Works
A) Depth of pocket is measured under anesthesia
B) Laser selectively removes pocket lining
C) Ultrasonic instruments clean root surfaces
D) Laser disinfects pocket and seals the wound
E) Tissue is compressed against the tooth
F) Bite is adjusted through selective grinding
G) Healing results in new attachment
Your Surgical Visits
Usually, we treat one half of the mouth at a time. The surgical visits are ideally made to one or two weeks apart and take about two hours each on average.
Continuing Follow-Up Care
Professional cleaning is recommended every three months for the first year and re-evaluation of your condition will be done at the twelve month visit.Â Most people with gum disease remain at risk for the rest of their lives and would benefit from having their teeth cleaned every three months indefinitely.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of your treatment will depend upon the severity and complexity of your condition. At your initial consultation, we can identify these factors and give you an estimate of what your costs would be.