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The Benefits of Treating Gum Disease with Laser Dentistry (LANAP®)

You live in Worcester or somewhere else nearby and your dentist just told you that you need gum surgery in order to treat the gum disease that has invaded your gums. You watch a video in order to get a better idea of what the gum surgery will entail and close the video as soon you see the gums being cut open to create a ‘flap’. “There must be a better way.” you think to yourself and you are right.

Using a laser called LANAP®, a periodontist (a gum specialist) can literately zap away the infected gum tissue, without the need for cutting open the gums. Worcester Periodontics has two periodontists that have mastered the use of a laser in order treat gum disease. They offer laser gum surgery in Worcester. Aside from the more comforting visual, there are several other advantages to getting laser gum surgery compared to traditional gum surgery.

The benefits of laser gum surgery compared to traditional

  • Minimally invasive: Laser treatments are less invasive than traditional methods, which can result in less pain, swelling, and bleeding. As the example provided in the beginning of this article shows the difference between the two is night in day. With LANAP® laser gum surgery there is no ‘flap’ that needs to be cut open and no sutures that are needed to sew it back together.
  • Faster healing: Laser treatments can promote faster healing and recovery times due to their precision and minimal damage to surrounding tissues.
  • Less pain: Laser treatments are often less painful post-op than traditional methods since they are less invasive. This means that there is no need for prescription pain medications after surgery.
  • Reduced gum recession: Some gum recession is expected with traditional gum surgery which can lead to various issue including sensitivity. Since LANAP® surgery is less invasive, recession is minimal or non-existent.

While traditional gum surgery for periodontal disease does work, there are many advantages with newer technology like the LANAP®. If you are looking for a dentist near Worcester that does laser gum surgery, we urge you to book a consultation at Worcester Periodontics. Our periodontists specialize in using lasers to treat periodontal disease and would love to help you resolve it as painlessly as possible.

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