If you have been diagnosed with gum disease by Dr. Robert Franklin, you are probably wondering about your treatment options. In addition to traditional osseous surgery, you may also be given the choice of a new advanced laser dentistry option called the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®). This is a new gum surgery alternative in Elizabethtown, KY that is less invasive and less painful than traditional osseous surgery. While both treatments are considered to be safe and highly effective, there are certain features that make LANAP® a more desirable option for qualified patients. These include:
Reduced Pain and Discomfort
Traditional surgery requires that the gum tissue be cut and pulled back in order to access and remove the infection. This often causes quite a bit of pain or discomfort for the patient. However, with advanced laser dentistry, Dr. Franklin can eliminate bacteria and infected tissue in a manner that is less invasive and causes little to no pain.
Minimized Gum Recession
Since LANAP® is able to preserve most of the of the healthy gum tissue, patients will likely experience very little gum recession. This is important because gum recession can leave teeth vulnerable to bacteria and decay. With advanced laser dentistry, Dr. Franklin can preserve the gum line and prevent the need for corrective surgery.
Shortened Healing Period
Advanced laser dentistry options such as LANAP® are able to preserve healthy tissue and reduce bleeding, resulting in a shorter amount of time needed to heal from the procedure. Not only is this more comfortable for the patient, it also reduces the chance of infection.
Using new laser technology, Dr. Franklin can actually stimulate regrowth of supporting bone and tissue structures and help save teeth that would typically be lost to gum disease.
A New Gum Surgery Alternative in Elizabethtown, KY
Both traditional and laser surgery are safe and effective. For more information on advanced laser dentistry, contact Dr. Franklin and schedule your consultation today!