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How to Save a Tooth From a Slow, Painful Death.

Have you been told that you have gum disease? Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection that destroys the gums and supporting bone surrounding your teeth. Bleeding gums, tooth movement, loose teeth, bad breath, or pain associated with brushing, are all symptoms of periodontal disease. 

There is mounting evidence regarding the link between periodontal disease and a variety of other, possibly life-threatening diseases. Periodontal disease has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, miscarriages, low birth weight, osteoporosis, dementia and most recently pancreatic cancer.

The new standard of care for periodontal disease is LANAP. If you have been told that you need gum surgery or you have periodontal disease, this new technology eliminatescutting of the gum tissuewith a scalpel and does not require stitches. 

This means you’ll have an easy recovery with minimal bleeding, which preserves gum tissue, reduces root exposure and sensitivity, and allows regeneration of gum and bone.

What is LANAP?

LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is used to treat periodontal disease and save many teeth that were previously considered hopeless. It uses the world’s first digital dental laser–the PerioLase ® MVP-7, which was specifically designed for treating periodontal disease. 

A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow intense beam of light energy.  When laser light comes in contact with tissue, it produces a reaction. The beam of light produced by the laser has the ability to remove infected gum tissue in a periodontal pocket around your tooth and vaporize the bacteria. 

The aspect of laser-assisted surgery that most people appreciate is its comfort.

Patients don’t hear or feel it – except for a little warmth. LANAP promises the patient a virtually pain-free method to zap away disease. 

The procedure’s method of eliminating germs from the gums is very similar to lifting a stain from a white shirt. First, the laser uses heat to strip away the diseased gum. The laser only seeks out infected tissue, which is darker in color than healthy tissue, leaving healthy tissue in place. 

Then, the dentist uses the laser a second time to heat the area until a clot is formed, protecting the newly lasered tissue by sealing it. This allows the body to heal naturally so that the gum pockets improve and the teeth become more stable.


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