What do you need to know about Laser treatment (LANAP)?

In most cases, an appointment will be  scheduled for an initial exam/ consultation to evaluate your periodontal condition.  X-rays may be taken to determine the extent of the infection and to make a definitive diagnosis. If you will benefit from laser treatment, a treatment proposal will be given along with explanatory information. When you return for your first laser treatment, you'll receive a local anaesthetic to eliminate any possible discomfort. A general anaesthetic isn't necessary, because LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY is much less traumatic. A tiny laser fiber (about the thickness of three hairs) is inserted between the tooth and the gum, and the infection is cleared away. The procedure is fast: It takes just two 2-hour sessions. Your dentist will treat one half of your mouth at each session...and you'll probably feel good enough to go right back to work afterwards.

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Questions you may have about Laser therapy:

What's the best way to treat Periodontal Disease?
The LANAP™ laser protocol alternative to gum surgery is a less painful, less traumatic way to treat periodontal disease than conventional surgical treatment.

What's different about Research Proven LANAP™ ?
LANAP™ uses a special kind of laser called the PerioLase-MVP-7™, invented by two dentists in Cerritos, California. Dr. Robert Gregg and Dr. Delwin McCarthy spent years developing a better way to treat gum disease. The laser fiber, which is only about as wide as three human hairs, is inserted between the gum tissue and your tooth, where it painlessly removes the noxious elements that cause gum disease.

How many treatments will I need?
LANAP™ doesn't take much time at all -- just two two-hour sessions versus multiple sessions with surgery. You don't have to worry about bleeding, stitches or post-treatment infection, because your gums haven't been cut.

What about recovery - will I be in pain or need to follow a special routine?
The sense of recovery is immediate, due to the laser’s ability to seal blood vessels, lymphatics and nerve endings. Of course, your tissue needs time to recover, regenerate and heal over the course of time, but after LANAP™ sessions, you can drive your car, go back to work, or do anything else you like.
I can see how good LANAP™ is - but is it very expensive and will my insurance cover it?

The good news is, LANAP™ is about the same as conventional surgery. Dental costs vary around the country, so find a PerioLase-MVP-7™ dentist in your area for exact figures. There is no special code for our therapy, so if your insurance company will reimburse for conventional surgery, they will reimburse for LANAP™
Laser Treatment
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Attachment Procedure (LANAP)
LANAP is the only FDA approved laser protocol for the treatment of moderate to advanced periodontitis.
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