In the past, traditional gum surgery was the recommended method of treating moderate to advanced periodontal disease. However, there are now other options. Patients who visit Dr. Mark A. Abdoney for laser gum surgery in Tampa, FL will receive several benefits. When compared with traditional gum surgery, the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) is minimally painful, minimally invasive, and more predictable in the long term.
Traditional surgery requires that the gums be lifted and pulled back from the teeth to allow access to bacteria and tissue affected by periodontal disease. Then a scalpel is used to cut away this tissue. Inevitably, a fair amount of discomfort is caused. LANAP®, on the other hand, uses a sophisticated laser technology to vaporize diseased tissue and bacteria in a minimally invasive manner.
Traditional surgery often causes collateral damage to surrounding bone and tissue due to the use of scalpels and sutures. This damage can take a long time to heal. However, LANAP® uses a laser that is not absorbed by water, teeth, or bone. This means that we can treat periodontal disease without causing additional harm and prolonging the recovery period.
Patients who undergo traditional surgery often experience a significant amount of gum recession. This is due to the large amount of tissue that is removed in the process. LANAP® is a minimally invasive way to treat periodontal disease that preserves healthy tissue and helps to prevent gum recession.
Periodontal disease can damage underlying support structures to the point where teeth begin to loosen and even fall out. LANAP® actually promotes the regrowth of surrounding bone and tissue. This means that there is a smaller chance you will experience tooth loss down the road.
Since LANAP® allows us to better preserve healthy gum tissue, it is often the recommended course of action in the treatment of moderate to advanced gum disease. To learn more about laser gum surgery in Tampa, FL, contact Dr. Abdoney and schedule your consultation today!