Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LANAP) in Mission Viejo
Dr. Christen Bergman takes a conservative approach to dentistry and strives to help patients achieve optimum overall and oral health. This means saving teeth whenever possible. A vital technology to combating gum disease is the FDA-approved Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®).
LANAP®, A Minimally Invasive Gum Disease Treatment
LANAP is a soft-tissue laser therapy used to treat moderate to advanced gum disease. Dr. Bergman uses this minimally invasive procedure to get rid of diseased gum tissue.
With LANAP, only the diseased tissue is targeted, leaving the healthy gum tissue intact. LANAP promotes healing by utilizing the body’s own ability to seal the healthy gum tissue back to the root of the tooth when the procedure is complete
Dr. Bergman prefers LANAP to scalpel surgery for treating gum disease because it eliminates the need to cut, suture or remove tissue. This speeds the healing process and minimizes the risk of post-surgery discomfort or complications.
Benefits of LANAP
LANAP has many benefits compared to traditional scalpel surgery. Since there is no cutting, stitching or bleeding, it is far less traumatic and invasive than traditional surgery. LANAP therapy encourages healing by promoting the regrowth of the bone and tissue that have been destroyed by gum disease. Dr. Bergman has also found that there is far less risk of post-operative gum recession as compared to traditional surgery.
Because LANAP therapy is much less traumatic than regular surgery, it can be offered to patients that have health issues such as diabetes, hemophilia or HIV, as well as those taking blood-thinning medications.
What to Expect with LANAP treatment
Gum Disease Consultation and Examination
Dr. Bergman conducts a comprehensive oral exam to assess the level of gum disease. She will take digital X-rays of your mouth to examine its condition and determine whether you are a candidate for LANAP. During your consultation you will have a chance to discuss any concerns. She will take the time to go over your treatment options and answer any questions. He also explains the procedure so that you know what you can expect on the day of your treatment.
Gum Disease Treatment that Promotes Healing
Using a soft tissue laser, Dr. Bergamn eradicates the diseased gum tissue and destroys the bacteria beneath the gumline. The healthy gum remains intact during the process. Dr. Bergman then uses an ultrasonic scaler to eliminate the deposits of tartar and calculus beneath the gumline.
She then passes the laser over the treated area again to ensure the removal of any remaining bacteria and to stimulate the root, bone and surrounding gum tissue. This begins the clotting process.The blood helps form a sticky seal around the pocket to prevent new germs from entering the area and creates a sanitary environment in which the body can start the healing process.
This procedure can be done in two 2-hour sessions or scheduled as a single 4-hour session. Most people are able to return to work the next day.
To make an appointment, call 949-482-6089 or click here to request an appointment online.