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Gum Disease Impacts Your Heart Health
"We all think that cholesterol is important to heart disease. The health of your gums is a more important predictor of whether or not you will have a heart attack or not."Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., FACS Director, Cardiovascular Institute
Columbia Medical Center, NYC
ABC News, Good Morning America: December 15, 2008
The Stages of LANAP
LANAP® gives us the ability to possibly save loose teeth that would have needed to be removed otherwise. The steps of LANAP surgery include:
- Pockets Are Measured
- Laser Is Used to Remove Bacteria
- The Calculus Is Removed
- Laser Is Used to Create A Clot
- The Gum Tissue Is Compressed
- The Bite is Adjusted
The LANAP® Procedure in Lafayette, LA
(Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
Basic Steps of the LANAP® Protocol
The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) is a minimally invasive gum disease treatment that renders faster healing times, minimal bleeding and discomfort, and little to no gum recession when compared with traditional surgical gum disease treatment. This laser gum surgery is performed in two short, two hour sessions by Dr. James Finley, D.M.D.
The Process of Laser Gum Surgery for Gum Disease Treatment
Dr. Finley will first measure the depth of your gum pockets and assess the level of attachment loss. This is performed with a simple probe. Using the pulsed light of the PerioLase® MVP-7™, Dr. Finley is able to selectively eliminate bacteria and diseased tissue while allowing healthy tissue to remain intact.
Ultrasonic scalers are then used to remove calculus from the roots of your teeth. When this is accomplished, Dr. Finley will again use the laser to stimulate the soft tissue, root, and bone in your mouth causing the blood at the site to clot, thereby sealing the area around the teeth. Dr. Finley will compress the tissue against the root surface, adjust your bite, and assess any impact from the laser gum surgery.
Using Lasers for Gum Disease Treatment
Dental lasers are completely safe when used for laser gum surgery by a trained, certified doctor. Dental lasers are common tools in dental procedures from fillings to tooth whitening. When used in gum disease treatment, however, the laser light is not used to hasten bleaching or strengthen a bond, it eliminates the tissue with which it comes in contact during gum disease treatment. The PerioLase® MVP-7™, utilized in laser gum surgery, is the only laser that is FDA cleared.
Laser Gum Surgery for Gum Disease Treatment
Dr. Finley offers many options for gum disease treatment, including LANAP® laser gum surgery. If you would like to learn more about laser gum surgery, how it works, and whether it might be right for you, call our office to schedule an appointment. Even if you have been told that you are not a candidate for traditional surgical gum disease treatment, laser gum surgery may be a viable option for you.
Dr. James M. Finley, located in Lafayette, LA, is a Periodontist who serves patients from Lafayette, Crowley, Breaux Bridge, Opelousas, St. Martinville, New Iberia, Abbeville, Maurice, and surrounding areas. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!