Laser Gum Surgery FAQs

Cherry Hill, NJ Periodontist, Dr. Robert M. Benedon answers questions to commonly asked questions about Laser Gum Therapy:

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 the 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 regimen.

Benefits of Laser Gum Surgery

  • There is less post-operative pain due to the elimination of traditional flap surgery and suturing. Advil or Extra Strength Tylenol is the typical post-operative medication.
  • 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 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.

Laser Gum Surgery Reviews

Robert M. Benedon, DMD

5 out of 5 stars based on 11 Laser Therapy reviews.

Patient Testimonial By Bruce A

Always a pleasure to work with Dr. Benedon and his staff. They are friendly and professional at all times. I have found them to be accurate and trustworthy in all consultations.

- Bruce A

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Patient Testimonial By Anonymous

Highly recommend Dr Benedon’s laser treatment for anyone with periodontal disease. His genuine concern for patients dental health and skills are exemplary.

- Anonymous

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Patient Testimonial By Shonda W

I cannot heap enough praise on Dr. Benedon. I sought him out for laser surgery and the result turned out better than I expected. He and his staff made me feel safe and comfortable. He is the best dentist I have ever had!

- Shonda W

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