LANAP Procedure

Patients looking for gum disease treatment in the Tampa, FL area can rely on General & Cosmetic Dentistry of Tampa. We believe that everyone has a unique smile and needs equally special dentistry to protect it. With that in mind, we offer laser gum surgery for patients who need periodontal treatment to improve their gum tissue health. Reach out to our team today to learn more about PerioLase LANAP.

What Is PerioLase LANAP Treatment for Gum Disease?

LANAP stands for laser-assisted new attachment procedure. It is an incredibly effective technique that dental health experts use for treating gum disease. PerioLase LANAP restores gum tissue and is the only dental laser treatment with FDA approval. It works by correcting diseased gum tissue instead of physically removing it. Patients can expect minimal pain and minimal bleeding through this procedure as it utilizes laser energy instead of traditional scraping at the root surface.

Despite the effectiveness of laser therapy in gum disease treatment, it may not be suited for patients with advanced periodontal disease. We can assess the level of gum disease you have and see whether LANAP therapy is the correct solution. Consider scheduling a complimentary consultation with our dentists today to determine if you are a good candidate.

PerioLase LANAP vs. Traditional Periodontal Surgery

LANAP is a minimally invasive procedure, making it very different from traditional gum surgery. When a patient has gum disease, their gums pull away from their teeth and create periodontal pockets. The pocket depth increases as the disease progresses, leading to bone loss and infection.

Traditional surgery involves scraping the inside of these pockets to remove diseased tissue and bone from the gum line.

On the other hand, laser periodontal therapy creates a sterile and stable environment, allowing bone and tissue to grow back together for better healing. This environment gives the gum tissues enough time to reattach to the teeth.

PerioLase LANAP offers very little downtime and a short recovery time after treatment, helping you resume your regular life activities soon after the procedure. Its impressive success rate also makes it a better option than other conventional periodontal surgery methods and traditional treatments.

Signs of Periodontal Disease: When Do I Need LANAP?

You need to see your dentist as soon as you think you are in the early stages of gum disease. If left untreated, it can lead to other health conditions, including respiratory issues and heart disease. Getting your gums treated is critical for maintaining optimal overall health. Watch out for the following symptoms:

  • Chronic Bad Breath: Plaque- and tartar-causing bacteria can smell bad. If you notice that foul-smelling odors remain even after brushing, flossing, and gargling mouthwash regularly, you may have gum disease.
  • Affected Taste Buds: Gum infections can leave a bad taste in your mouth. If all your favorite food begins to taste different, you may have a gum condition that will need treatment.
  • Bleeding Gums: Plaque and tartar are like scabs on your gums. When you brush and floss unhealthy teeth, the sensitive tissues can bleed. Gum disease and infection can cause inflammation, further irritating the gums and making them extra sensitive.
  • Receding Gums: Gums will pull away from teeth because of the infection in the diseased tissues. If you notice that your teeth look bigger, you may have gum disease that is shrinking your gums.
  • Loose Teeth: When gums recede, healthy tissue becomes scarce. Your natural teeth no longer have anything anchoring them in place. These loose teeth may shift and fall out unless you get effective gum disease treatment.

If you notice any of these signs, consult a dentist as soon as possible. Gum disease starts in the gums, but slowly makes its way into your bloodstream and can cause other dangerous issues. Avoid gum loss, tooth loss, and related conditions by seeing a highly experienced Tampa dentist.

Enjoy Healthy Gum Tissue With General & Cosmetic Dentistry of Tampa

General & Cosmetic Dentistry of Tampa is dedicated to encouraging proper oral hygiene and treating any dental issues. As a top dental office that has been serving the Tampa area for over 35 years, we are confident you will love the treatment we offer. We deliver a high level of excellence in all our general and cosmetic dentistry services, including our PerioLase LANAP treatment. 

We follow all proper LANAP protocol when delivering this laser-assisted therapy. Additionally, our entire team will go out of their way to treat you like family and make sure you get the care you deserve. Discuss your treatment options with us today. Schedule a consultation by calling or texting 813-960-5869 (North Tampa) or 813-874-5869 (South Tampa).