Long Island Dental Specialty
23 Southdown Road, Huntington, NY 11743
An estimated 80% of adults in the U.S. have some level of gum disease, yet only 3% with the severest forms of gum disease follow through with treatment. Many patients cite fear as their primary reason for not seeking treatment. This is understandable since the conventional treatment approach involves invasive scalpel surgery. Laser treatment using the LANAP protocol offers a minimally invasive treatment option and is scientifically proven to promote periodontal regeneration. If you have been diagnosed with advanced gum disease, schedule a consultation today to find out if receiving LANAP in Huntington is right for you.
Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar accumulate on the surface of the teeth and under the gums. Over time, the bacteria that live in the plaque and tartar cause infection and inflammation. There may be few symptoms in the early stages other than your gums may appear slightly red or swollen and may bleed when you brush your teeth. If the infection is not treated, it will eventually attack the tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place. You may notice that you have chronic bad breath and may even see pus between your teeth and gums. As more of the supporting tissue is destroyed, you may notice that your teeth seem loose or that your teeth fit together differently when you bite. In many cases, the teeth eventually fall out.
The LANAP protocol uses a specialized laser to target the infection that is causing the inflammation and tissue damage. Unlike conventional surgery, LANAP does not damage the surrounding healthy gum tissue, and there is no need for a scalpel or sutures. LANAP is also the only gum disease treatment that has been scientifically proven to promote new tissue and bone growth, decrease pocket depth, and promote tissue reattachment.
According to LANAP reviews by patients, the procedure causes less pain, bleeding, swelling, and post-procedure sensitivity than conventional surgery. Since LANAP is less invasive, there is a lower risk of post-procedure infection and very little downtime following treatment. Most patients with moderate to severe gum disease can benefit from the LANAP procedure. Schedule a consultation with one of our LANAP dentists today to find out if you are a candidate for LANAP laser surgery.
LANAP periodontal treatment is normally completed over the course of two visits, with each visit lasting approximately two hours. We treat one half of your mouth during each session. After administering a local anesthetic, the dentist uses a laser fiber approximately the width of three human hairs to remove the infection, tartar, and plaque from under the gum and around the tooth root. The dentist then adjusts the setting of the laser in order to create a stable blood clot to help seal the pocket. Patients are able to return to most normal activities shortly after their appointment. Any discomfort following the procedure is usually easily managed with over-the-counter ibuprofen.
It is normal for the treated areas to be a little tender and slightly discolored for the first few days following your treatment. You should not brush or floss your teeth for the first seven to 10 days after treatment and follow a liquid or soft diet as recommended by your dentist. As with any dental procedure, you should not smoke, since smoking impairs the body’s natural defense mechanisms and slows the healing process. Over the course of the next year, you will undergo quarterly checkups and cleanings. Most patients also wear splints during this time to adjust their bite and stabilize their teeth. Depending on your dental issues, the dentist may recommend additional restorative, cosmetic, or orthodontic treatments.
Dentists have been using LANAP for many years with tremendous success. LANAP reviews from both patients and dentists show that the treatment is more effective than conventional surgery because it promotes the growth of new cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone, which are all necessary for full oral function.
The cost of LANAP periodontal treatment can vary widely from patient to patient based on the severity of their dental issues. We will provide you with an outline of your LANAP cost and discuss payment options following your initial consultation.
Periodontal treatment is covered by most insurance carriers; however, you should speak with your provider to verify your coverage.
LANAP dentists must undergo specialized clinical and hands-on training in order to be certified to perform the procedure.
Contact our office today to get more information about LANAP treatment or to schedule an appointment.