Comparing Laser Gum Surgery vs. Traditional Gum Surgery
The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) laser gum surgery in Jackson with periodontists Dr. Roger Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart is a gum surgery alternative to traditional scalpel surgery. Here’s why:
Traditional Gum Disease Treatment: The Scalpel
During a scalpel surgery, patients must take general anesthetic because it’s very painful. The scalpel is used to cut into the gums so the doctor can get inside and scrape away bacteria and diseased tissue. Unfortunately, good tissue is destroyed in the process and heavy bleeding and inflammation is common.
In some cases, grafting is needed to promote reattachment of the gum tissue to the tooth roots. This loss of healthy gum tissue may also result in a shorter gum line, which can create aesthetic concerns as well as increased tooth sensitivity. Tooth extractions are also a possibility with scalpel surgery. Scalpel surgery also means lots of sutures and packing between the gums, and when patients wake up, prescription pain medication is often needed until the soreness subsides.
The Gum Surgery Alternative: LANAP® Laser Gum Surgery in Jackson
LANAP® is a minimally invasive, FDA-cleared gum surgery alternative that doesn’t hurt and even provides added benefits that scalpel can’t. During laser gum surgery with Jackson periodontists Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart, light energy is used to hunt out harmful bacteria inside the gum pockets. The laser is gentle so there’s no heavy bleeding and no stitches required. Laser gum surgery takes just two hours and patients are awake the entire time – only the working areas are numbed with a local anesthetic.
LANAP® laser gum surgery in Jackson differs from scalpel surgery in other ways too. Research and histological studies show how laser gum surgery actually helps gum tissue reattach to the teeth’s roots and promotes new bone growth around existing teeth. That’s because the laser used in LANAP® can distinguish diseased tissue from good tissue, no matter how deep and infected your gum pockets are. You won’t get that from a scalpel. This gum surgery alternative even stimulates bone to grow around your teeth so you can protect and keep what you have.
The choice is easy. The gum surgery alternative removes the fear and anxiety of visiting the periodontist for gum disease treatment. Call Drs. Parkes and Stewart today about LANAP® laser gum surgery in Jackson.
“Thank you for everything! You have a very friendly office where people greet you by name. Everyone makes me feel at ease and welcome as if I'm the only patient you have. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my periodontal treatment. Kudos to Dr. Parkes and his staff.” Alex S.