Laser Gum Surgery
WHAT IS LASER GUM SURGERY?
Laser Gum Surgery, also known as LANAP or “Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure” is an newer, quicker, and less painful method of treating periodontal or “gum disease” by using a laser instead of cutting or sewing the gums. This simple process entails inserting a tiny laser fiber in between the tooth and gum tissue, where it effortlessly removes the harmful bacteria and components that cause gum disease. The laser’s ability to seal up the wound site results in an almost immediate recovery for the patient.
WHY GET LASER GUM SURGERY?
LANAP is a minimally invasive and much easier approach to treating diseased gums. It is less painful, less traumatic, and the recovery time is much quicker than the other gum disease surgery options available. Most often you are fine to go back to your normal day following the laser therapy treatment.
Although it is a fairly simple procedure, LANAP is still a surgical procedure and should be prepared for accordingly.
- Like most surgeries, avoid aspirin for a week before the surgery, since aspirin can cause bleeding and the thinning of blood.
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before, since alcohol can make it harder to numb the surgical site.
- Eat breakfast or lunch before your surgery.
- Wear loose fitting clothing that the sleeves can be rolled up on so that we can easily monitor your blood pressure if necessary.
THE LANAP PROCEDURE
- Avoid solid foods for 24 hours.
- Do not chew on the side of the mouth where the operation was performed.
- Do not apply excessive pressure to the wound site.
- Take ibuprofen every 4-6 hours as needed.