LANAP® and traditional surgical gum disease treatment are both utilized to successfully treat patients who suffer from periodontal disease. When comparing the two, however, the methods and benefits derived from each are vastly different.
Traditional Surgery Compared to Laser Gum Disease Treatment
- Patients report less pain and discomfort, as well as less downtime with laser gum disease treatment than with traditional surgery. Most patients are able to return to work the following day and manage any discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers.
- Laser gum disease treatment does not require a scalpel or sutures, unlike traditional surgery, immediately making it an excellent option for patients who are uncomfortable with surgical procedures.
- With traditional gum disease treatment, healthy gum tissue is cut in an effort to allow access to the diseased tissue, bacteria, and calculus. When this healthy tissue is sutured back into place, it can result in gum recession. Due to the no cut/no sew nature of LANAP®, this is not a concern for patients undergoing laser gum disease treatment.
- When the laser is used to stimulate the bone, root, and tissue during the LANAP® gum disease treatment, it acts as a catalyst for bone regeneration. There is no other treatment that is known to have this beneficial, reversal effect.
Am I a Candidate for LANAP® Gum Disease Treatment
Most everyone is a good candidate for this gum disease treatment, and it has zero contraindications and will not interfere with any current medications. It is generally safe even for patients with serious medical conditions, such as diabetes or hemophilia. The fact that it can be scheduled in two short sessions is an attractive option for patients with busy schedules.
A consultation with Dr. Cataldo will best help you decide if LANAP® is right for you. Call today to schedule an appointment to learn more about laser gum disease treatment in our Raleigh and Durham, NC office.