Periodontal disease is a serious oral health issue that can affect more than the health of your gums. Occasionally we see patients at our Manhattan Beach California Laser Dentist office who are already showing signs of gum disease such as swollen or tender gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing, bad breath, etc., but don’t realize that these are symptoms of periodontal disease.
Even patients who understand that these symptoms indicate gum disease often put off treatment because they’ve had a painful experience in the past with invasive treatment like gum surgery.
If you need treatment for serious gum disease, you’ll be relieved to know that modern, non-surgical periodontal treatment like LANAP make invasive cutting of tender gum tissue a thing of the past.
What is LANAP?
LANAP is an acronym for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, a patented technology that offers a patient-friendly alternative to gum surgery. For you this means less discomfort and pain, less treatment time, and a significantly shorter recovery time.
Where can I obtain LANAP treatment?
We are pleased to be able to offer this treatment right here in our Manhattan Beach California Laser Dentist office. We can schedule a complimentary consultation, explaining how the laser works and giving you a demonstration. Then we take X-rays to accurately diagnose the extent of the infection.
What can I expect on the day of treatment?
On the day of your first procedure, we’ll numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic, eliminating any possible discomfort. A tiny laser fiber is inserted between the tooth and gum, and the infection is cleared away.
This is completed quickly, taking only two 2-hour sessions; the first session treating one half of your mouth and the second treating the other. You will experience so little discomfort that you’ll probably be able to carry on with the rest of your day as usual.
It is extremely important to note that periodontal disease can progress without any symptoms. Regular examinations and cleanings with your dentist can identify potential problems before they become costly and difficult to treat. Please contact our office, and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for an exam and cleaning.