If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease by Drs. Evelyn T. Huamán and Dr. Jun Flores in San Diego, CA and require gum disease treatment, you need to know the difference between traditional gum surgery and laser surgery. Traditional gum surgery involves using a scalpel so that the doctor can pull the gum tissue back and clean the periodontal pockets to reduce their depths. This involves cutting away some of the tissue, and a bone graft or membrane materials may be needed to reattach the tissue to the root surfaces of the teeth. In some cases, traditional surgery is the only option but many patients are now opting for the minimally invasive and more comfortable laser gum treatment with LANAP®.
LANAP® is minimally invasive compared with traditional gum surgery for gum disease treatment because it does not require any cutting of the tissue. This means that there is very little if any gum recession and pain involved. The laser can tell the difference between healthy and infected tissue, and will leave healthy tissue intact.
Key Differences between Traditional Gum Surgery and LANAP® for Gum Disease Treatment
- Level of Pain Involved
- Traditional surgery can be painful and may require pain medication and some downtime. Many patients often avoid treatment because of the pain involved with gum surgery. LANAP® involves only minimal discomfort and rarely requires pain medication.
- Gum Recession
- Traditional gum surgery can result in recession of the gum line due to the removal of tissue. LANAP® is more selective, which means that there is little to no gum recession resulting from treatment.
- Healing Time
- The healing time for LANAP® is faster because it requires no cutting or suturing of the tissues. This results in less inflammation of the tissues and a significant improvement in oral health.
- Long Term Results
- LANAP® delivers more predictable results when it comes to bone regeneration and connective reattachment of the tissues. The laser stimulates the bone regeneration process and can save teeth that may otherwise need to be extracted.
If you think you may be a good candidate for gum disease treatment and want to learn more about gum surgery in San Diego, CA, we can determine if you are a candidate for this treatment. Set up your consultation with Drs. Huamán and Flores today!