For patients in need of periodontal surgery, the choice between traditional and laser treatments is important. To select the best option for you, it is critical that you understand the key differences between traditional and LANAP® procedures.
In traditional surgery, your doctor uses a scalpel to peels back gum tissue for better visibility and access to the periodontal pocket. Your doctor will then cut down and suture the gums to decrease pocket depth; this is what causes the aesthetic alteration of your gum line. Once the pockets have been cut down, bone or tissue grafting may be used to reattach the gum to the tooth’s root surface.
While some severe cases of periodontitis necessitate traditional surgery, LANAP® is generally a viable alternative for most patients. LANAP® does not require scalpel or sutures, making it minimally invasive with little pain or discomfort. Because LANAP® does not require the cutting of gums to decrease pocket depth, there is little to no gum line recession, nor aesthetic alteration of your smile. The laser is able to distinguish between diseased and healthy tissue, leaving healthy tissue unaffected; this makes the procedure exceptionally selective and safe. The laser removes diseased tissue and kills living bacteria without compromising healthy gum, tooth, and bone tissue.