One of the most powerful tools in the dentist’s office leverages the strength of light rather than the might of metal. Laser light has been adopted for a wide range of using in the dental office, including treating gum disease. Specifically, the LANAP® laser protocol for gum disease treatment is a powerful tool for bringing mouths back from the brink and saving smiles. Check out the top five things you need to know about LANAP laser gum therapy.
One: It’s Efficient
The LANAP protocol is finely tuned to vaporized diseased soft tissue and bacteria. That means there’s much less healthy tissue accidentally removed than would be the case with conventional gum surgery.
Two: It’s Not Painful
The efficiency of dental lasers means there’s less of a chance of discomfort, as only decaying tissue is targeted and healthy tissue is spared. However, there will be no chance of discomfort during your procedure due to one powerful solution: local anesthesia.
After you receive a quick shot of local anesthesia, your mouth will be completely numb and you won’t feel any discomfort as your procedure is performed.
Three: It Can Regenerate Lost Soft Tissue
In most cases, lost gum tissue can’t be regenerated – which makes periodontitis such a dangerous condition, more so than the reversible gingivitis. However, the efficiency of the LANAP protocol makes it possible to regenerate soft tissue. It’s not guaranteed, but it’s certainly possible that your laser procedure could help you regenerate soft tissue lost to advanced gum disease.
Four: It’s Likely Covered by Your Insurance
Talk to your dental office’s treatment coordinator. So people put off laser gum surgery for fear of what it might cost. However, laser gum surgery, like many other dental procedures, is commonly covered by dental insurance. Make sure you aren’t delaying treatment due to simply not knowing all of your options.
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