LANAP or Laser Gum Therapy in Kissimmee, FL
Laser gum therapy is a modern advancement in dentistry that has been getting a lot of buzz lately. This procedure offers faster and more comfortable treatment for gum disease. Instead of the painful and time consuming scaling and root planning procedure, laser gum treatment takes one office visit and heals unhealthy gums. This being said, this procedure is becoming increasingly popular for patients needing periodontal therapy. But patients often ask us exactly how laser gum treatment works. To help give you more information we’ve explained the secret behind laser dentistry.
How Does Laser Gum Treatment Work?
To start with, the term “laser” is actually an acronym for light amplification for stimulated emission of radiation. Laser devices project a strong beam of energy at a certain wavelength. The photons that make up this energy are emitted as a very focused beam of light. But because the light is in the infrared range it is invisible to the human eye. So how do we explain that red light associated with lasers? Since laser light energy is impossible to see with the naked eye the laser devices general come with a red light to help the dentist with aiming.
When this beam of invisible light energy is directed toward periodontal tissue the tissue will either warm up, coagulate, melt and recrystallize or vaporize. Depending on the treatment needed, your dentist can control the device for a certain reaction.
How Does the LANAP Procedure work?
LANAP simply stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. This is also known as laser gum treatment or laser gum therapy. During this procedure the tip of the laser device is placed on top of the gum pocket. When the laser is activated it painlessly removes dead or infected tissue surrounding the tooth. The laser is designed to select and remove only the infected tissue and leaves healthy tissue untouched. Next the ultrasonic root-cleaning device uses sound waves to vibrate and break up hard calculus around the root of the tooth.
The last step is to make a second round with the laser device. This second passing removes any remaining diseased tissue, sterilizes the existing tissue and seals out bacteria. This procedure can be completed in one appointment and requires little to no healing time afterwards. To learn about all the benefits of laser gum therapy click here. For more information on how laser gum treatment works or to schedule your appointment visit Parkway Dental Care or call us today at (407) 932-2273(407) 932-2273.
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