Laser Dentistry & Surgery
With a PerioLase-MVP7, we are able to offer our patients the most versatile procedures in laser dentistry. Treatment includes, but is not limited to:
- LANAP/Laser Assisted Regeneration (the world’s first FDA Clearance for True Regeneration from gum disease)
A Traditional gum disease treatment methods involve cutting or amputation of the gums. While these methods are generally effective, they are extremely invasive and often require a long recovery time. LANAP® uses a laser light in the deep pockets between the gum and tooth to remove and prevent the bacteria that causes periodontitis. The gums are left completely intact and are compressed against the tooth.
Benefits of LANAP®
The two greatest benefits of LANAP® treatment are the fast healing time and the low discomfort level that it provides. Because it is a minimally invasive procedure there is significantly less healing time needed. There is no cutting of tissue during the procedure so the patient feels very little discomfort.
Minimized downtime following the procedure is a great benefit that allows the patient to return to their normal schedule immediately. Saving teeth and gums and allowing bone regeneration to occur are huge benefits of this procedure. Our goal is always your safety and health. Tooth and bone loss due to gum disease are real risk factors for anyone who has gum disease, so we take it very seriously.
- laser cleanings
- biostimulation/low-level laser therapy for TMJ/TMD and nerve disorders
- gingivectomies (gum contouring)
- removal of cold sores and ulcers
Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Dentistry and Surgery
Is laser dentistry painful?
Like most dental procedures, laser dentistry can be relatively painless. You may feel some slight pressure or warmth during the treatment, but a topical numbing cream or anesthetic may be used to ensure your comfort. LANAP® laser treatment, specifically, is generally painless. Please let your dentist know if you have any concerns regarding the pain associated with your procedure.
How do I know if LANAP® laser treatment is right for me?
LANAP® laser treatment is beneficial for those with moderate-to-severe gum disease. LANAP® works to save teeth and promote healthy gums. If you are concerned about the health of your gums and would like more information on LANAP® laser treatment, schedule a consultation with The Palisades Dentists.
Do I need to stop taking any medications before LANAP®
LANAP® is a minimally invasive procedure that will not interfere with medications. Therefore, you do not need to stop taking your medications in preparation for your LANAP® treatment.
What is the recovery like after LANAP®?
Since LANAP® laser treatment is minimally invasive, there is minimal downtime. You will be able to return to your normal daily activities immediately. You may feel some slight sensitivity following your procedure; however, many patients report feeling none of this. It is important to rest and avoid any strenuous activity for at least three days after your treatment.
Can I eat after LANAP®?
You should stick to eating soft foods for the first few days. Small, crunchy foods can become stuck underneath the gum line and interfere with the healing process. Soft foods help protect the gums while healing so that you receive the best results. You will receive more specific instructions that will outline which foods to avoid and which foods are recommended after LANAP® surgery.
Does insurance cover LANAP® laser treatment?
Most insurance companies cover gum procedure costs. However, this will depend on your specific coverage plan. Check with your insurance provider to see what percentage (if any) is covered. We are non-contracted providers with insurance companies but are happy with help in any way we can. We also accept CareCredit® for those needing assistance in paying for their treatment.