LANAP - Laser Gum Treatment
Is the Re-Growth of bone (without sutures and scapel) in your future?
Certainly, we at PHD cannot and do not, promise that any treatment performed here (or at a referred specialty practice) will deliver the ultimate and most desired outcome of the re-growth of bone around periontally involved teeth. However, using a state-of-the-art, FDA approved protocol (based on a landmark, double-blind study) employing the PerioLase Laser we aim to deliver the highest quality of periodontal treatment that we can.
The Study referred to above was performed by one of the World's Most Respected Specialist/ Researcher in Gum (Periodontal) Disease ... Dr. Ray Yukna, DDS, MS. And the end-point of this study showed that, indeed, bone was grown in PerioLase Laser treated group.
The PerioLase is NOT your average Dental Laser -- very few dental offices in St. Louis have made the technological investment in this PerioLase Laser and in the rigorous training required for treatment certification. Many dental offices have a laser to treat gum disease and this laser is called a "Diode" laser. The Diode Laser treats by using heat (hot-glass effect), and aggressively removes anything in its path -- healthy or not.
The PerioLase, on the other hand, uses a selective means of bacterial removal (the laser parameters/wavelength) guide the light energy toward darker pigmented areas (which are the bacteria and diseased gum tissue) leaving less-pigmented (healthier) areas alone.
Note also that the DIODE has not undergone the same level of double-blind, peer reviewed testing (with FDA approval) as has the PerioLase Laser with the LANAP technique.
LANAP ... Laser Assisted New-Attachment Procedure
A complimentary consultation can be scheduled at PHD to explain how the laser works, show you an in depth video of the procedure and give you a demonstration.
The treatment, in a nutshell and essentially, involves placing a tiny laser fiber (about the thickness of three hairs) between the tooth and gum, and the infection is cleared away. The actual treatment procedure is fast when compared to conventional suture/scapel surgery -- It takes a couple of two hour sessions, or even can be done in one session if desired.
For a definitive diagnosis of the degree of your gum infection and whether the LANAP procedure is right for you ... call PHD now. We're here to keep you Smiling!