December 8, 2017

According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 50 percent of Americans over 30 have gum disease. This progressive disease should be taken seriously due to the fact that if left untreated it can lead to tooth loss. Dr. John Perna, a dentist at Dental Care of Oak Park, is an experienced dentist who offers minimally invasive treatment for gum disease in Oak Park, IL through LANAP® laser gum surgery.

Reversing Gum Disease

For those who shy away from the dentist through fear of a painful ordeal, the LANAP® Protocol is an excellent alternative to gum surgery. This laser treatment not only stops gum disease but reverses it by growing new bone, periodontal ligament and tissue that provide the basic tooth structure.

The Treatment Process

Your dentist uses a small laser fiber to reach between the tooth and gum and clear out bacterial infection and disease. Next, tooth roots are cleaned of all tartar and plaque, which carry the disease-causing bacteria. The final step is to reapply the laser using a different setting; this creates a fibrous blood clot that seals the pocket and kick-starts the healing process.

Benefits of LANAP® Protocol

LANAP® laser gum surgery offers a variety of benefits including less pain, faster recovery and healthy gums.

  • Minimal gum recession: Cutting the gums causes tissue to shrink and can expose the tooth root. Tissue remains in place with LANAP® because cutting is avoided.
  • Faster recovery: With no need to cut away diseased gum tissue, there is no need for sutures, and recovery time can be less than a day. Typical recovery from traditional gum surgery varies between two and four weeks.
  • Less pain: Post-operative pain is minimal using this laser therapy because cutting is avoided.
  • Regeneration: The laser stimulates the natural healing process so there is no need to graft tissue to replace what is typically cut away during gum surgery.

Is LANAP® laser gum surgery right for you? Discuss your treatment options for gum disease in Oak Park, IL with Dr. Perna. Contact our office to schedule a consultation.



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