LANAP Laser Gum Treatment
LANAP Laser Gum Treatment - Aliso Viejo, CA

Less Pain. Less Discomfort.
The Laser Alternative to
Traditional Gum Surgery.

LANAP® laser gum therapy treats gum disease with less pain and discomfort in Aliso Viejo, CA

For many years, patients with advanced periodontal disease had to undergo painful surgical procedures with long recovery and healing times to help restore their gums back to health. Dr. Claire Cho, dentist in Aliso Viejo, CA offers a different, gentler approach. With LANAP® laser gum surgery, patients can achieve the same healthy gums – with less pain, less discomfort, and shorter recovery times.

What is LANAP and how is it used to treat gum disease?

At its core, gum disease is an infection in your gums that feeds off of the plaque and tartar built up on your teeth. As periodontal disease progresses, it can lead to a wide array of oral health problems—such as loose teeth, gum recession, and even tooth loss—and the latest research also links it to deadly systemic problems such as heart disease and strokes. The goal of periodontal disease treatment is to remove the damaged tissues and eradicate the disease-causing bacterial to stop the underlying infection and help restore your gums back to health.

LANAP is a periodontal laser treatment that gives patients who have advanced gum disease a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum surgery. Rather than using a scalpel to cut away the diseased tissue and reduce the depth of pockets where bacteria and plaque reside, LANAP treatment uses a laser to perform the same functions. While the approach sounds similar, there are many benefits to using lasers over scalpels:

  • The laser allows Dr. Cho to be far more precise in how she cuts and treats the tissues, so less  healthy tissue needs to be removed and subsequent issues such as tooth pain, sensitivity, or aesthetic issues with your gumline are reduced
  • The laser disinfects as it treats, simultaneously eliminating the existing bacteria and protecting the treated tissue from post-procedure infection and inflammation
  • Treatment is much more comfortable, with reduced pain both during and after treatment – in fact, pain medications are almost never necessary and you can resume your normal routine right after your treatment
  • The laser stimulates healthy bone growth and regeneration to help reduce the need for future extractions and provides reliable long-term results

All you need to know about LANAP® explained by Dr. Claire Cho from Dental Health and Aesthetics Center near Aliso Viejo, CA

All you need to know about LANAP® explained by Dr. Claire Cho from Dental Health and Aesthetics Center near Aliso Viejo, CA
What is LANAP®? How can LANAP® help treat your periodontal disease? Watch this video to learn more about LANAP® as Dr. Claire Cho from Dental Health and Aesthetics Center near Aliso Viejo, CA explains.

What is LANAP®?

At our office, we offer non-surgical periodontal therapy called LANAP®, and that stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure. It is performed with Nd: YAG laser specifically made to target the bacteria that causes the gum disease.

LANAP® is the first, and only FDA approved laser gum disease procedure that is an alternative to the traditional painful scalpel and suture gum surgery.

Is the LANAP® procedure painful?

Most of the patients find gum surgery very uncomfortable, and after having half the mouth done, they prefer not to finish the other half.

But with LANAP® procedure, there is no downtime. There is no pain because you are anesthetized while doing it. The post-op discomfort is very minimal.

What are the benefits of LANAP®?

It’s a no-cut, no-sew alternative to traditional gum surgery. We can effectively kill a lot more bacteria and also regenerate new bone. We have saved many teeth this way. There is no bleeding and no sutures involved. So patients find it to be a very comfortable procedure as an alternative to the scalpel and sutures.

At Dr. Cho’s office, we have been offering this for the last 12 years. We are also one of the first offices in Orange County that have been able to provide this service.

What to expect during the LANAP procedure

The LANAP procedure is performed right in the comfort of our familiar office and consists of several steps to ensure the best results. First, we measure the depth of the pockets, which helps Dr. Cho determine how much your gums have detached from your teeth. Then, a pulsed laser light is used to kill the bacteria that are causing the disease. It only treats the infected tissues, leaving the neighboring healthy tissues unharmed. Then, we remove any built-up calculus from beneath the gum line using an ultrasonic scaler and pass the laser over the area a second time to help form a clot, which promotes a healthy healing environment while reducing the chance of further infection. At that point, we compress the gum tissues against your teeth to help them reattach—no sutures are necessary! Finally, we will check and adjust your bite as needed to prevent too much pressure from being placed on certain areas of your mouth.

Dr. Claire Cho, Claire Cho DDS, CA

Claire Cho, DDS, has been serving patients for over 31 years.

She is passionate about applying new knowledge in her practice and attends continuing education courses annually. These advanced courses have enabled her to gain specialized knowledge on implantology, dental prosthetics, soft tissue grafting, neuromuscular occlusion, and bone and tissue regeneration.

Dr. Cho is one of the few dentists in Orange County offering LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), the FDA-approved gum disease treatment that doesn’t involve cutting and sewing. She combines science with an artistic eye to transform the smiles and lives of patients. Her recent accolades include nominations for Best of LA Cosmetic Dentist and Top Doc of Orange County by Orange Coast magazine and being awarded fellow status by the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

The LANAP Treatment Process LANAP Protocol – laser gum disease treatment

A higher standard of care

This revolutionary treatment is just one of the many ways that Dr. Cho offers her patients a higher standard of care using state-of-the-art technologies and advanced treatment techniques. To learn more about LANAP gum therapy and whether it is right for you, call the dental practice of Claire Cho, D.D.S. today at (949) 541-2529! We serve patients in the Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Laguna Woods, and surrounding California communities.

This is the video animation of the FDA-cleared periodontal procedure called LANAP, an acronym for laser assisted new attachment procedure. The fibre-optic tip is simply placed at the top of the periodontal pocket to begin removal of diseased tissue that lines the pocket. This is where bacteria live and build a neighbourhood of its own that destroys healthy gum tissue and bone that holds your teeth in the proper position. There are specific germs and bacteria that cause gum disease. The Perio Laser, laser, is designed to target and eliminate selectively only the diseased tissue and germs dissolving toxins and leaving the healthy tissue unharmed. The laser tip is then removed from the pocket and set aside. In the next step of the procedure ultrasonic cleaners as small as a laser fibre tip are used to remove the hard deposits we call tartar calculus from the top of the teeth and roots. These instruments use sound waves to vibrate and break apart the hardened mineral calcium deposits with water flushing away the debris and cooling the instrument tip. Some hand cleaning instruments may be used at this time to remove any remaining hard calcium deposits. Then the laser is used again at the bottom of the pocket to remove any remaining diseased tissue this pass of the laser also sterilizes the tissue and bone and completely eliminates the bad bacteria germs and toxins. It also stimulates the formation of a blood clot which once formed contains fibres that reattach your tissue to the to surface and see a lot debris and bacteria like stitches would and creates the right environment to cause the bone and other soft tissues lost from the disease to grow back.

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