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LANAP Versus Traditional Periodontal Gum Flap Surgery

If you have periodontal disease and it has progressed to the point that you need surgery, you may have the option to choose between traditional surgery or laser surgery. Every patient is unique and Dr. Cho will help you make the right decision for your own mouth, but we want you to understand the difference between LANAP and traditional gum surgery in Aliso Viejo, CA before you make your choice.

Dr. Claire Cho

How Does Traditional Surgery Work?

With traditional surgery, the doctor first pushes the tissue back with a scalpel for better visibility. At this point, the pocket it cleaned and the depth is reduced as the doctor cuts tissue away. Membrane or bone grafting materials may be used to reattach the gum tissue to the tooth’s root surface. This type of surgery requires the typical sutures and recovery that comes from any type of surgery.

How Does LANAP Work?

With new, advanced technology, a laser is used to designate what is diseased tissue and what is healthy to remove bacteria and diseased tissue from the gums without the need to cut, stitch or harm the healthy tissue that still exists. The laser offers a minimally invasive option for those who suffer from gum disease and require some type of treatment.

The Benefits of LANAP

While traditional surgery may still be necessary in some cases, patients benefit in many ways if they opt for LANAP.

  • Decreased pain
  • Less gum recession as less healthy tissue is removed
  • Faster healing time because there is no cut or scalpel involved
  • Both treatments offer great long terms results, although LANAP is predictable when it comes to connective reattachment and bone regeneration

As technology advances and treatment options improve, we are proud to offer the best to our patients at the Dental Health & Aesthetics Center. If you are interested in gum grafting surgery, traditional or laser, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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