Once only popular in science fiction movies, lasers have become the standard of care in a huge range of medical and dental procedures. So what is the big deal about lasers? Are they as effective as other surgical tools and is it safe to use them in your mouth? The answer is a resounding yes.
Lasers produce a concentrated beam of light that has been very useful in many dental specialties. They have been used to help reduce tooth sensitivity, detect cavities, whiten teeth and replace scalpels in many oral surgeries. They are even able to cut, vaporize and cauterize soft tissue. Use of lasers has decreased recovery time and eliminated the need for sutures in many procedures.
The use of lasers has been highly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that both our staff and patients are safe when we perform procedures such as Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP). LANAP has revolutionized the treatment of chronic and advanced periodontitis by providing a minimally-invasive alternative to traditional gum surgery. Benefits include:
- Treatment in as little as 2 visits rather than 3-4
- Resume normal activities in 24 hours
- Safer for patients with underlying medical conditions
- Little to no bleeding
- Less damage to surrounding tissue
- Higher success rate
- No cutting or sutures
- Prevents irreversible gum recession
- 50% reduction of periodontal pockets
- Does not cause root sensitivity
Before the advent of laser technology, procedures like LANAP were not even a possibility. Dental lasers have been in use since 1990 and have proven to be a safe and effective tool in improving your oral health. Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants is proud to offer the latest technology in periodontics to help your mouth be its healthiest. Find out for yourself how dental lasers can help treat and heal your periodontal disease. Schedule an appointment today.