Laser Periodontal Therapy (LPT™)

Periodontal or gum disease happens when bacteria gets below the gum line and the attachment between the gum and tooth is lost. Three out of four Americans have some form of periodontal disease and only 3 out of 100 will ever get treated before its too late. Many people do not realize they have gum disease because it does not hurt in the early to moderate disease phases

Gum disease is a silent, chronic, painless and communicable bacterial infection that often goes undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction is unbearable and no longer able to be ignored. Gum disease has been shown to be contagious between people through bacteria laden saliva. Left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss and furthermore, there is increasing evidence which suggests that treating gum disease is not only important in preventing early tooth loss, but is also important in preventing other general health problems from developing. For further information on how gum disease may affect one’s general health, please click  here.

Traditional  treatment  can  hurt. If  you have been told  you need  scalpel  and  suture  gum  surgery,  there  is a laser alternative  you  need to  learn  about. The  way  to  repair  the  damage  is   to get  rid  of  the  infection and  close  up  the  pockets.  Until  now, that  meant  surgery  and  sutures.  But  our  office  offers  patented and  FDA approved  laser  periodontal(gum) therapy called LANAP™ (LPT™), a patient-friendly,  minimally-invasive  procedure  that’s a  great  improvement  over  standard  gum  surgery.  The  laser  gently  disinfects and  evaporates  diseased  tissues  from  around  the  tooth  and  inside  the gum  pocket. This  treatment interrupts  the  bacterial  destruction  of  the  tissues  and  bone,  giving  the  gum  pocket a  chance  to heal.  The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure(LANAP™)(LPT™) has  been  shown  in many scientific researches to be very effective in regenerating gums and bone damaged by gum disease.
To view the ABC NEWS report on LPT click here. 
To view the US News and World Report Article 25, Feb 2008, click here.