Although some cases still may require traditional surgery for gum disease treatment, most people are eligible for the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, which is a less invasive and more comfortable experience for patients.
When it comes to gum disease treatment, invasiveness and recession are two of the key differences between laser gum surgery and traditional surgery. In traditional surgery, the dentist uses a scalpel to peel the gum tissue back so he or she can sanitize the periodontal pocket and shrink the pocket depth. The dentist reduces the pocket depth by cutting away the infected tissue. Reattaching the gum tissue to the root surface of the tooth often requires bone grafting or membrane materials as well.
LANAP® on the other hand, is a minimally invasive surgery that does not necessitate the use of scalpels or sutures. Choosing a LANAP® certified dentist for gum disease surgery such as Dr. Todd McCracken ensures that your procedure will be far less painful than a traditional gum disease treatment. With LANAP®, the Dr. McCracken does not have to cut the gum tissue because of the cutting-edge PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser technology. This technology operates on a wavelength that can differentiate between the healthy gum tissue and diseased tissue, allowing him to remove the harmful bacteria from the gums without cutting.
With traditional gum disease treatment, the use of the blade guarantees that the gum line will ultimately be reduced anywhere from 2-4 mm to 10-15 mm. In addition to detracting from the aesthetic appeal of the smile, recession caused by this gum disease treatment can also cause the teeth to become highly sensitive to cold or hot temperatures.
Dr. Todd McCracken, located in Denton, TX, is a Dentist who serves patients from Denton, Corinth, Lake Dallas and surrounding areas Dr. McCracken works with Dr. Roberts (oral surgery) and Dr. Murphy (endodontics) to provide you with a beautiful new smile you can be proud of. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!
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