LANAP Laser Periodontal Procedures
Another recent development in periodontal treatment is the use of laser to regenerate tissue. Utilizing the body’s own natural ability to “heal itself”, Dr. Benedon utilizes the PerioLase™ for the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP™). Performed without a scalpel and sutures, LANAP™ creates an environment for regeneration of the tissues around your teeth (gum, bone, cementum, ligament) that are lost due to periodontal disease.
The laser therapy works by targeting only diseased gum which it discerned by the color. Diseased gums are darker than healthy gums. The laser is then used to stimulate the healthy tissue, encouraging it to reattach to the bone. Because of the regrowth of this connective tissue, there is also a much lower chance of gum disease returning than with traditional surgery.
Due to the ability of the laser to target and remove only diseased tissue, Dr. Benedon is able to help restore you to health with little post-operative pain and fewer side effects and risks than traditional surgery. This is in conjunction with a detailed homecare program that is described below.
LANAP™ Post-Operative Instructions
- Anti-microbial rinses and antibiotic medications may be prescribed for you. Take any prescribed medications according to directions and continue taking until all meds are gone.
- Reduce physical activity for several hours following surgery.
- Periodontal laser procedures usually result in little or no discomfort following surgery.
- For the first 24 hour period immediately following surgery, take two (2) Advil or Motrin (Ibuprofen) every 4-6 hours even if you do not have any pain.
- For the first 24 hour period immediately following surgery, stay on a liquid diet only. For the following 3-7 days after surgery, a soft diet is recommended. Try to eat soft but nutritious foods such as eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, malts, ice cream, etc. Stay away from spicy and “chippy” foods. It is also important to maintain good fluid intake during this period.
- Carefully avoid chewing food in the areas of the mouth where the laser has been used for at least one week following surgery. One of the most important results of laser surgery is the blood clots that form following surgery. It is extremely important not to dislodge the tiny clots that form in and around the gums.
- Do not be alarmed with any color changes or appearance of tissues following laser therapy. Tissues can be gray, yellow, red, blue, purple, “stringy” and reflect normal response to laser treatments.
- It is OK to spit, rinse, and wash your mouth today. Rinse as directed with Peridex or Periogard morning and night. In between, it is OK to rinse gently every three (3) hours with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8oz. glass of warm water). Do not brush or floss your teeth until instructed to do so (see Treatment and Home Care sequence sheet).
- Try to keep your mouth as clean as possible in order to help the healing process. Brush, floss, and follow other home care measures in all the areas of your mouth except for the surgery area.
- Do not apply excessive tongue or cheek pressure to the surgical area.
Do not be alarmed if one of the following occurs:
- Light bleeding
- Slight swelling
- Some soreness, tenderness, or tooth sensitivity
- Medicinal taste, from Peridex or Periogard
Please call the office at Robert M. Benedon, DMD Phone Number 856-424-0580 if you are experiencing anything more than the above listed signs and symptoms.
Do not be alarmed that initially after therapy the teeth may become sore, tender, or sensitive as the bone and ligaments around the teeth regenerate and become more firm. This is a sign of healing. If there is a bite imbalance, that may need to be adjusted.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us at Robert M. Benedon, DMD Phone Number 856-424-0580
Robert M. Benedon, DMD
My gums look much, much better. No bleeding. The procedure was much easier to take than the gum surgery I'd had before. Great office staff, all very helpful.
- Janet F
Such pleasant staff. A pleasure (almost) to come. All that's needed is coffee & Danish.
- Ruth V
Very friendly and accommodating. Excellent service
- RHEINA A
Initially apprehensive regarding periodontal treatment, I avoided same. After many delays on my part, immediate treatment was needed. Dr. Benedon was highly recommended by my general dentist. Apprehension lessened as soon as I was in the office, as I was treated with great care and concern by the entire staff. Dr. Benedon's ability to educate and inform, coupled with a high degree of skill and a gentle hand, has made my appointments enjoyable, and has resulted in a marked improvement in my oral health. Cannot recommend Dr. Benedon highly enough.
- Timothy W