Laser assisted gum treatment, a more comfortable way to treat gum disease, is available at our Palm Beach office. To treat your gum disease, Dr. Lee R. Cohen uses the LANAP® system. LANAP stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure and is FDA-approved. It eliminates the need for a scalpel, replacing it with a gentle laser that stimulates gum tissue recovery. LANAP is widely regarded by dental experts as the highest standard of gum disease treatment available today.
Heal your gums and feel better fast with LANAP. We understand gum disease can be painful and some people feel embarrassed about it. Don’t worry. Up to 80% of Americans have gum disease at some point in their lives. Our job is to treat your gum disease and restore your oral health. LANAP is an easier way to do that. It removes the need for scalpels and sutures. Rapid recovery is expected, and discomfort is minimal.
LANAP uses a laser to remove harmful bacteria from your gums. Then, with a second pass of the laser, Dr. Cohen restores the health of your gum tissue. Best of all, LANAP requires no scalpels and no sutures. In the past, periodontists had to cut away gum tissue to treat periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.
LANAP is a relatively painless treatment that offers few to no complications. It is quick and can restore gum health in a single visit. During your LANAP treatment, Dr. Cohen will:
Measure your gum pockets. This allows Dr. Cohen to assess loss of gum attachment and measure the depth of your periodontal pockets. Understanding these elements guides a more precise treatment protocol.
Remove the bacteria that causes gum disease. Dr. Cohen treats the affected areas of your gums to eliminate harmful bacteria and remove diseased gum tissue. He uses the PerioLase® MVP-7™, part of the LANAP system, for a gentle yet effective approach. For you this means less discomfort and rapid results.
Encourages bone health with gentle care. Dr. Cohen treats the area using ultrasonic scalers to remove calculus under the gumline. With the ultrasonic instruments, he stimulates the growth of bone-forming cells around your teeth.
Uses the guided laser a second time to support soft-tissue growth. Once diseased tissue, bacteria, and calculus are removed there may be more space around your affected teeth. The laser element of the LANAP system can be applied a second time, with a second setting, to stimulate regeneration of gum tissue.
LANAP means less discomfort because it is less invasive and more gentle than traditional periodontal treatment. Our LANAP patients are often people who have lived with gum problems for years. Many have received a number of treatments. The refrain we most commonly hear is how surprised our patients are by the ease and comfort of LANAP.
Are you wondering what the difference is between LANAP and traditional gum surgery? While the long-term results of traditional gum surgery and LANAP are similar, LANAP offers benefits you can’t get with traditional gum surgery.
Faster healing time: LANAP is less invasive. It involves no cutting and no stitching as opposed to the traditional gum surgery methods. LANAP delivers rapid recovery. Healing begins in the dental chair and you can return to your routine immediately.
Less pain and lower risk: Because LANAP removes the need for scalpels and sutures, you will have little to no discomfort. And, chances of complications are diminished thanks to the less invasive LANAP process.
Gum disease is a common health problem that can be resolved. If left untreated gum disease can result is a range of adverse health problems that can become significant.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in America. With gum disease, bacteria infect the gums and gum tissue. Over time, the bacteria grow beneath the gumline eating away at gum tissue, bone, and tooth enamel. Eventually, infection, decay, bone and tooth loss can occur. This is why treating gum disease once it is detected is the best way to prevent tooth loss and preserve your good health.
Gum disease is connected to your overall physical health and wellbeing. Having gum disease puts you at two-to-three times the risk for a heart attack, stroke, or serious cardiovascular problems. Gum disease is more common in people with diabetes and is linked to some forms of cancer.
Dr. Cohen and our care team want to help you be healthy and stay well. Every day we use our knowledge of the oral-body systemic connection to restore periodontal health for people just like you.