Your periodontists, Drs. Huamán and Flores, will perform the following as part of LANAP®:
- A) Pocket depth measurement
- The first step of laser gum surgery involves measuring the depths of the periodontal pockets with a small ruler. This allows the periodontist to determine how much loss of attachment may have occurred.
- B) Bacteria and diseased tissue removal
- Your periodontist will use a pulsed laser light to remove diseased tissue from the pockets and kill bacteria that are causing gum disease. Since this is a minimally invasive procedure, you will experience little to no discomfort.
- C) Calculus removal
- Dr. Huamán and Dr. Flores will use ultrasonic scalers to remove calculus, or tartar, deposits that may have formed under the gum line. Denaturing calculus with the laser and thoroughly removing the deposits in this way is a necessary step before the laser can be passed over the area a second time.
- D) Laser application to create a clot
- The laser is passed over the bottom of the pocket to stimulate the soft tissue, root, and bone tissue. This creates a sticky seal of blood around the tooth and a stable environment for healing to begin.
- E) Compression of gum tissue
- The gum tissue can then be recompressed against the surface of the tooth and no stitches are necessary.
- F) Bite adjustment
- Drs. Huamán and Flores may need to adjust your bite to make sure that any misalignment is corrected and that there is no excessive pressure on any tooth. This is especially important for patients with significant bone loss.
LANAP® with Drs. Huamán and Flores can be an effective method for treating your moderate to severe periodontal disease. For more information about this laser gum treatment in San Diego, CA, schedule your consultation with our periodontists today!