For over the past decade, we have been the area leaders in bringing in the latest treatments for periodontal disease and dental implants. Our view is that if there is a treatment method that is less invasive and causes less discomfort or offers more predictable results, then we need to have it so our patients can enjoy the benefits. We were the FIRST office in Northwest Tennessee to offer the Millennium Dental Laser's benefits to our patients. We have been using the laser for over four years with outstanding results and with overjoyed patients!
Dental lasers are a family of instruments. Some lasers are used for surgery, some to cure restorative materials and enhance tooth bleaching, and others to remove tooth structure for elimination of disease and restoration – different lasers for different procedures. The LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) procedure is very atraumatic. After being anesthetized, a tiny laser fiber (about the thickness of 3 hairs) is inserted between the tooth and the gum, and the infection is cleared away. The procedure is fast: it generally just takes two sessions that are 1-2 hours long each. Standard protocol for the laser dictates that one half of a patient's mouth be done at once leaving you a side to function on immediately after treatment.
Lasers do not make whining sounds or other annoying noises. You may experience the sound of a rush of air, since air suction is often used to keep the area cool and cleaner. You should be able to relax and be comfortable while the dental laser is in use.
Depending on your treatment needs, your doctor may use the laser for a long period of time or possibly only for brief moments.
However, even those procedures that require only a short period of laser usage benefit from the advantages of laser therapy. With laser surgery, there is a reduced need for local anesthesia, bleeding is minimized, swelling is controlled, and there is usually little, if any, postoperative discomfort.
Laser periodontal therapy (LPT) is about as easy as erasing a blackboard--there's no cutting or suturing. There's less than a 24 hour recovery period so you will miss less time from work. LPT is safe for people with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medicines such as Coumadin, Warfarin, Plavix or aspirin.
The LANAP procedure is a wonderful addition to the treatments we provide and has been received extremely well by our patients. It is a wonderful alternative to traditional gum surgery using a blade and sutures.
Patient Laser Benefits include:
After careful examination, the doctors at the IPI will discuss with you if you are a candidate for laser therapy or if other methods would be better suited for your particular situation.