Enhanced Gum Disease Treatments in North Palm Beach, FL
Patients of any age can develop gum disease, and the condition is extremely common. Our periodontal specialist provides a modern treatment that enhances the effectiveness of traditional gum disease treatments. Valerie A. Marino, DDS provides LANAP periodontal therapy to patients in North Palm Beach and the surrounding communities.
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What Is LANAP?
The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure—LANAP® for short—is a technique that, when used in conjunction with traditional gum disease treatments, increases the effectiveness of treatment.
As gum disease progresses, the recession of the gums allow tartar and plaque to reach the root of the tooth and further agitate the gums. LANAP® works by using a soft tissue laser to create a pathway down to the root of a tooth, making it easier for traditional scaling and planing instruments to reach the plaque. At that point, a traditional periodontal therapy is conducted: the plaque is scaled off of the tooth’s structure, and the surface of the root is planed to encourage the gums to stick to the tooth. Instead of suturing the pocket closed as per a traditional procedure, the laser is used to fully sterilize the pocket and create a seal. This seal both closes the pocket and encourages the gums to heal back onto the teeth.
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How LANAP Helps You
Dr. Marino uses LANAP® due to the regenerative benefits the procedure offers to her patients.
Traditional gum disease treatments are effective at removing plaque and tartar from a tooth and then closing the periodontal pocket. However, the actual regeneration of the gums is not always guaranteed. Extensive gum grafting procedures may be necessary to make up the difference. With LANAP®, however, the manner in which the gums are reconnected to the teeth is more likely to help the gums reattach to the teeth, reducing the amount of gum grafting needed after the procedure. LANAP® is more effective at regenerating gum tissue than traditional methods.
Contact Us Today
Valerie A. Marino, DDS uses LANAP to help patients in North Palm Beach and the surrounding communities overcome gum disease. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call our practice today!