As the awareness of oral health is rising in our society, more and more individuals are understanding the need to prioritize their gum health. Many patients are now seeking comprehensive solutions to gum diseases, which often require a blend of modern technology and traditional expertise. One of the most innovative treatments being sought after is Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), a high-tech alternative to traditional gum disease treatments. But what makes LANAP stand out? How does it compare with traditional therapies?
Understanding LANAP and Traditional Gum Disease Treatments
LANAP is a minimally invasive laser treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. This treatment leverages the precision and power of lasers to target and eradicate harmful bacteria in the gums, stimulating the body's natural healing mechanisms.
On the other hand, traditional gum disease treatments typically involve a combination of deep cleaning procedures known as scaling and root planing, antibiotics, and in severe cases, surgical intervention. These treatments aim to reduce the bacterial load, control inflammation and, if necessary, reshape or
remove the affected gum tissue.
Now, let's explore the benefits of LANAP over these traditional treatments:
1. Minimally Invasive
Unlike traditional surgical procedures, LANAP doesn't require cutting into the gums. It uses a specialized laser to remove bacteria and diseased tissue, preserving healthy gum tissue. This minimally invasive nature can make the procedure more comfortable for patients and reduces the potential for complications.
2. Shorter Recovery Time
As LANAP is less invasive than traditional gum surgery, patients generally experience a quicker recovery. Most people can return to their usual activities the same day or the day after the procedure. Conversely, recovery from traditional gum surgery can take weeks, affecting daily routines and work schedules.
3. Less Discomfort
Patients who undergo LANAP often report less pain and discomfort during and after the procedure compared to traditional gum surgery. With traditional gum disease treatments, patients may experience discomfort and sensitivity for several days or even weeks.
4. Better Long-Term Results
Research suggests that LANAP not only removes the infection but also stimulates bone regeneration around the teeth, potentially reversing some of the bone loss associated with advanced gum disease. This outcome is generally not observed with traditional gum disease treatments.
5. Fewer Sessions Required
Traditional gum disease treatments often require multiple sessions to fully treat the condition, whereas LANAP can typically be completed in one or two visits. This can save patients time and reduce the stress associated with multiple dental appointments.
Our patients in Chambersburg PA have begun the shift towards less invasive and more efficient dental treatments. While traditional gum disease treatments have their place and can be effective, LANAP offers numerous benefits that align with patients' desires for faster recovery times, less discomfort, and long-lasting results. It's always recommended to discuss all available options with your dental care provider to select the treatment plan that's right for you. Dental health is a crucial part of overall well being, and it deserves the best care possible.
We invite you to contact our office to learn more about regaining your smile and your overall health!