LANAP FAQ’S

IS LASER GUM SURGERY SAFE?

Lasers have been safely used in dentistry for decades. Laser gum treatment is both safe and effective and should only be performed by a doctor who is trained and certified in the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®), the only FDA cleared protocol available.

WHERE CAN I FIND A DOCTOR WHO IS TRAINED AND CERTIFIED IN LANAP®?

Dr. Loyd Dowd is trained and certified to perform LANAP®. If you are considering laser gum treatment, contact our office for a consultation to learn more about this minimally invasive gum disease treatment.

HOW LONG DOES THE GUM DISEASE TREATMENT TAKE?

LANAP® gum disease treatments are generally scheduled in two sessions of two hours each, concentrating first on one side of the mouth and then the other. Our office offers convenient appointments for laser gum treatment in an effort to reduce the impact to your busy work and/or personal schedule.

HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO TAKE OFF FROM WORK?

Patients who undergo LANAP® gum disease treatment require less down time. Most patients are able to return to work the day following laser gum surgery, managing any discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications.

WHY LASER GUM DISEASE TREATMENT?

Depending upon the severity of your periodontal disease, there may be more suitable treatments. Dr. Dowd can evaluate the health of your teeth and gums during a consultation to give you an accurate assessment of your treatment options. If your gum disease is moderate to severe and would require surgery, laser gum disease treatment offers greater short and long term health benefits to our patients than traditional surgery, including less pain, decreased risk of gum recession, minimal bleeding, and the regeneration of bone.

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