Millions of Americans each year suffer from gum disease, yet only a small percentage actually receives treatment. Gum disease has been linked to a variety of health complications including but not limited to heart disease, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, and low birth-weight babies. Gum disease is an epidemic in this country and around the world, and until now, the majority of the treatment options available included invasive surgery where gum tissue is cut down and sutured back together, or extracting the teeth and recommending dentures or dental implants. But the day has finally arrived when patients do not have to fear or put off getting treatment!
With the introduction of the PerioLase® MVP-7™and the LANAP® protocol (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), we are able to remove and kill only the bacteria within the pockets of your gums while leaving the healthy tissue behind to reattach to the root surface! Why is this important? You can now enjoy less pain, less discomfort, less recession, less sensitivity, and much better and more predictable long-term results. LANAP is the first and only FDA cleared laser protocol on the market and has been proven to provide results, through extensive science and research studies in the United States and abroad. Quite simply, it is the highest standard of care available in the world for the treatment of periodontal disease. Often we can save teeth that have previously been deemed hopeless by naturally regenerating the bone around the tooth.
If saving your teeth, reducing your pocket depths, and maintaining optimum periodontal health is important to you, this is a treatment that you must consider!
Dr. Jeff Buske has been an early adopter with this treatment. He has been doing LANAP since 2004. Most of the time, Dr. Buske will treat the entire mouth in one visit. This allows for minimum disruption with busy schedules and, most importantly, effective healing though eliminating all the periodontal pathogens at once.
Beware of Phony Laser Treatments and False Advertisements!
LANAP is the ONLY FDA cleared protocol for the treatment of periodontitis! It is also the ONLY laser with the science, research, and human histological studies to PROVE its claims! No matter what clinician you decide to get laser treatment from, be sure that your doctor is LANAP Certified and using the PerioLase MVP-7™.
The Benefits of LANAP
Faster HealingLess DiscomfortLess DowntimeLittle to No RecessionReduce Inflammation and BleedingMinimal BleedingSaves Teeth!
Bone RegenerationVery Safe
LANAP is a minimally invasive procedure that allows the body to heal itself quickly.
Due to the biostimulation capabilities of the PerioLase, there is usually little to no discomfort for our patients. It is very rare to prescribe pain medication post op LANAP. In most patients, Advil and Tylenol are more than adequate.
Most patients that opt for laser gum surgery can go straight back to their daily activities the same day!
Little to No Recession
Patients travel from across the state to have laser surgery because it does not lower the level of the gum line like traditional surgery.
Reduce Inflammation and Bleeding
The PerioLase MVP-7™can remove 90% of the inflammation in your mouth after one visit. The laser specifically targets the bacteria in your mouth while leaving the healthy tissue intact.
With the LANAP Protocol, we are able to control the bleeding with the laser. This results in less bleeding and complications.
Patients’ number one reason to receive laser gum surgery is because they want to save and keep their natural teeth.
LANAP is the only protocol scientifically proven to regenerate bone around teeth.
There are zero contraindications with this laser, meaning it does not interfere with any disease or medication.
Laser Gum Surgery LANAP vs. Traditional Gum Surgery
If you have been told that you have periodontal disease and surgery will be required, it is important to know the difference between traditional gum surgery, which utilizes a scalpel and sutures, and laser surgery.
Traditional surgery typically utilizes a scalpel so that the doctor can reflect the gum tissue back for visibility, and to clean the pocket and reduce the pocket depth. Cutting away tissue reduces the pocket depth. In many cases, the additional use of bone grafting or membrane materials will be needed in order to achieve reattachment of the gum tissue to the root surface of the tooth. Although in some cases the only way to treat the patient is by traditional surgery, the vast majority of patients that we see opt for the less invasive and more comfortable LANAP, or Laser Gum Surgery.
LANAP does not require the use of a blade or sutures. It is a minimally invasive surgery that results in very little gum recession and pain for the patient. The laser operates at a wavelength that can tell the difference between the diseased tissue and the healthy tissue. This means that the laser is extremely safe and selective during surgery. For the first time, we can remove the diseased tissue and bacteria from your gums without harming, cutting, or removing healthy tissue!
Some Key Differences Between Traditional Gum Surgery and LANAP
PainRecessionHealing TimeLong-Term Results
Traditional surgery can be fairly painful and require pain medication and downtime. Many patients opt for dental implants to avoid the pain involved in gum surgery. LANAP involves much less discomfort. There is almost never a need to prescribe pain medication, and patients can usually go right back to work and move on with their daily routine.
Because traditional surgery requires the use of a blade, there is no getting away from the gum line being reduced. The question is how much. Traditional surgery can result in lowering the gum line anywhere from 2–4 mm all the way to 10–15mm. LANAP is much less invasive and more selective in the tissue that it cuts, there is little to no recession of the gum line. This is a very important difference because recession can lead to a number of aesthetic problems for the patient, as well as cause the teeth to become very sensitive to cold and hot temperatures.
The healing time for LANAP is much faster because it is a new technology that is less invasive than scalpel surgery. The laser kills the bacteria in your gum pockets, resulting in reduction of inflammation and healthier tissue.
Although we can have fantastic results long term with both treatments, LANAP is far more predictable when it comes to bone regeneration and connective reattachment of the tissue. The laser stimulates the bone that surrounds the root of the tooth and has been proven to encourage regeneration, often saving teeth that would have previously been extracted. Many times, we can reverse the effects of periodontal disease, and the patient will get better and better as time goes on.
In conclusion, as technology evolves and breakthroughs are made in dentistry, we are committed to keeping up with and offering the latest and most advanced treatments to our patients in order to provide the highest standard of care available. Utilizing a laser to treat gum disease is something that many patients can take advantage of, although not every patient is a candidate for laser treatment. Please give us a call to schedule your laser consultation today to find out if LANAP is right for you!
LANAP & PerioLase FAQs
How do lasers work in dentistry?
All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. When used for “curing” a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth. When used in teeth whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth bleaching agents.
Why do you use the PerioLase MVP-7?
The PerioLase MVP-7 is the only laser that is FDA cleared and has human histology research supporting its claims for the treatment of gum disease. This laser is also extremely selective in the tissue that it removes.
Is there less pain involved with laser procedures?
Typically there is much less pain, discomfort, and bleeding involved in laser dentistry. LANAP is a prime example. Instead of having traditional gum surgery, we are able to treat your gums with the laser without all of the cutting and sutures that were previously needed. The laser allows us to eliminate the bacteria and diseased tissue without harming the healthy tissue. The result is less pain, less recession, and less discomfort!
Is laser dentistry more expensive?
In most cases, laser dentistry is about the same or perhaps a bit more expensive. Most doctors have a laser because it provides a better experience for the patient, or it is a necessary tool for a procedure that they cannot do without a laser. All fees can be different from dentist to dentist. In most cases, the benefits far outweigh the cost.
How can I be sure my dentist is properly trained to use a laser?
Ask your dentist questions about the extent of his or her laser education and training. Make sure that your dentist has participated in educational courses and received training by the manufacturer. Many dental schools, dental associations, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) offer dental laser education. The ALD is the profession’s independent source for current dental laser education and credentialing.
Dr. Buske received his training in 2004 from Millennium Dental. This company created the PerioLase, so they wrote the book on the training.
How will I know if treatment with a dental laser is an option for me?
Ask Dr. Buske. Although the laser is a very useful dental instrument, it is not appropriate for every dental procedure.