Laser Therapy FAQs
What is Laser Gum Surgery?
Laser Gum Surgery involves the use of a LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) rather than a scalpel to gain access to facilitate removal of tartar (calculus). For those who have had prior traditional surgery or are fearful of conventional flap surgery with a scalpel, minimally invasive Laser Surgery is a viable alternative.
What is the difference between Laser Gum Surgery and LANAP?
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP™) is actually just that – Laser Gum Surgery. The protocol is a comprehensive one – utilizing the laser, scaling and root planning (removing calculus and smoothing the root surfaces of the teeth), occlusal (bite) adjustment, antimicrobial therapy, antibiotics and a specific post-treatment care regimine.
What are some of the benefits to Laser Gum Surgery?
- There is less post-operative pain due to the elimination of traditional flap surgery and suturing. Advil or Extra Strength Tylenol are the typical post-operative medications.
- Recovery time is reduced and most patients are able to get back to their normal routine that same day
- Less (or no) bleeding
- Minimal swelling
Am I a candidate for Laser Gum Surgery?
Patients with moderate to severe Periodontal (gum) disease can especially benefit from the LANAP protocol. The LANAP protocol is also an excellent treatment option for patients who are fearful of conventional scalpel surgery.
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What should I expect during Laser Gum Surgery?
The procedure is typically performed in a dentist’s office using local anesthesia. The only discomfort is from the administration of the local anesthesia. Once numb, a tiny laser fiber is inserted between the tooth and the gum, and the inflamed tissue is removed without cutting the gums. The teeth are then thoroughly cleaned of tartar and plaque, and the laser is used again with a different setting to create a stable, firm fibrin blood clot to seal the pocket.
How long does Laser Gum Surgery take and what is the follow up?
In most cases Dr. Benedon will schedule 2 ½ to 3 hours to do half the mouth. There will be breaks during the procedure for you to rest. Follow up is the key to the success of this procedure. Dr. Benedon will typically see you weekly for up to one month and then bi-weekly for another month. This follow up period is based on the needs of each specific patient and the speed of their healing.
How much does Laser Gum Surgery Cost?
The cost of Laser Gum Surgery is similar to the cost of conventional surgery. Dr. Benedon will discuss costs and payment options at the time of your exam.