A Laser-based gum disease treatment

The Leading Laser Dentistry Treatment for Gum Disease in Brisbane

Proactive Perio now offers a minimally invasive way to treat gum disease using LANAP®. Dr Christopher Barker is one of only a few periodontists in Australia qualified to provide this revolutionary gum disease treatment, and he treats from both the Brisbane and Sunshine Coast clinics.

LANAP® is a laser-based treatment for gum disease. Unlike traditional periodontal surgery, there is no cutting and suturing involved. As a result, patients typically report less pain and discomfort both during and after the procedure. There is also a reduced risk of post-operative sensitivity and gum recession. In many cases, patients can return to work the next day with minimal disruption to their daily routine.

LANAP® is a patented periodontal treatment, approved by the FDA in 2004 and has only become available in Australia in recent years. The LANAP procedure can only be performed with a machine called the PerioLase® MVP-7. This laser operates at a specific wavelength that attacks the bacteria that contribute to gum disease, removing infected tissues while leaving healthy gum tissue intact. LANAP® may also assist in regenerating some of the bone and tissue attachment that has been lost to gum disease, something traditional periodontal surgery is unable to do.

 

 

Patient Benefits of Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

Some of the primary benefits of our Sunshine Coast and Brisbane-based LANAP laser treatment as compared to traditional periodontal surgery are:

  • Faster healing – LANAP treatment is minimally invasive and allows the body to recover and heal more quickly than traditional periodontal surgery.
  • Less discomfort – Patients report significantly less discomfort during and after surgery, including less pain, bleeding, sensitivity and swelling.
  • No cut, no sew, no fear – the LANAP protocol procedure uses laser light energy rather than traditional methods of cutting and suturing.
  • Minimal recovery time – Most patients can immediately return to their daily routine after receiving laser treatment for gum disease, e.g. driving, working, or other activities.
  • Little to no gum recession – Because the LANAP procedure doesn’t require cutting the gums, there is less risk of recession.
  • Reduction in gum inflammation and bleeding – The PerioLase® MVP-7™ targets inflammatory bacteria and diseased tissue without injuring healthy gum tissue.
  • Laser dentistry saves teeth – Patients may be able to keep teeth that have been deemed ‘hopeless’ with traditional treatments.
  • Safe for patients with health concerns – LANAP® protocol is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, haemophilia, or patients taking blood thinners.

 

FAQs about Receiving LANAP Treatment

· What to Expect at Your LANAP® Treatment with Proactive Perio

LANAP® is a full-mouth procedure usually completed in one visit of 4 – 5 hours. Your periodontist will treat one side of the mouth at a time, using local anaesthetic to prevent you from feeling any pain. This might seem like a long appointment; however, we schedule enough time for a thirty-minute snack break halfway through, and you can take as many small rests as you require throughout the procedure. Most patients find this is preferable to multiple visits to our Brisbane or Sunshine Coast clinic. However, the approach we take is always up to you. If you would like to split your treatment into two visits, we usually need to schedule both appointments within a week of each other. You are also encouraged to bring a device with headphones so that you can listen to music or podcasts during your procedure.

· What to Expect: The First Few Days after your Laser Dentistry appointment

A minority of patients report mild aching, throbbing, and soreness of the treated areas for the first couple of days after receiving laser dentistry treatment — this can be helped with pain medications. The tissues around the teeth may appear slightly discoloured. However, this is temporary and typically lasts a maximum of 10 – 14 days. You cannot brush, floss, or use interdental brushes for the first 7-10 days after treatment, and will instead use a mouth wash provided by us. This mouth wash may cause yellow or brown staining of the teeth, which will be cleaned off by your periodontist at your review appointment after two weeks. Additionally, you will need to follow a liquid diet for the first three days, slowly adding in mushy and soft foods until you can return to your normal diet after approximately two weeks. Smoking will compromise the results of all gum disease treatments, including LANAP®.

· What to Expect: Follow-up Care after your LANAP Procedure

As the gums heal, your teeth may shift slightly, and small adjustments to your bite might need to be made over the coming months. Splints may be fabricated to prevent you from grinding your teeth at night, which can disrupt the healing process. It is important that you wear these splints as instructed to promote healing. Expect to have your teeth professionally cleaned every three months for at least the first year, and then as recommended by your periodontist. Normally we will recommend a “shared-care” approach between your periodontist and dentist at this time.

· Who is a candidate for LANAP® treatment?

Patients with moderate-to-severe gum disease can especially benefit from LANAP®. It is also an excellent treatment option for patients who are fearful of conventional surgery and patients taking certain medications, such as blood thinners.

· Can LANAP® help save my infected dental implants?

Yes! Using the LAPIP® Protocol, we can often save ailing or failing implants. The same machine is used, but with different laser settings and light exposure. The laser will help your implant to stabilise while destroying infected tissue and the bacteria that cause infection around your implant.
This addition makes it possible for Proactive Perio to offer a convenient, gentle, and effective gum disease treatment option for both periodontitis (gum disease) and peri-implantitis (implant infection).

For more information about LANAP Protocol, visit www.LANAP.com