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LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure for Gum Treatments) – Encino, CA

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Overview

Maintaining the health of your gums is extremely important since problems such as periodontal disease and oral cancer can affect both your dental and general health if left untreated. The Dental Office Encino uses laser technology to deal with a vast array of gum (periodontal) issues. Our state-of-the-art LANAP (laser assisted new attachment procedure) allows a more effective treatment of periodontitis (the advanced stage of gum disease). Board-certified dentists Drs. Alan and Yonatan Howard use laser technology to remove infection and decrease pocket depth. Laser gum treatments in Encino, CA may also be performed in certain cosmetic procedures that will help sculpt the gums or lessen the appearance of a smile that looks "gummy."

Best Candidates

There are many cases where a laser treatment of the gums might be performed. For periodontal disease, the laser may be employed to eliminate plaque and bacteria that are deep inside the pockets of your gums. Signs of gum disease are gums that are red, tender, swollen, bleed easily, or recede. You may also notice chronic bad breath, loose teeth, or a change in your bite. Laser gum therapy may also be helpful if you wish to get rid of overgrown gum tissue and then increase teeth visibility to get a more appealing smile. In comparison to conventional surgery on the gums, laser gum therapies tend to be less invasive and don't need sutures. You will require little or no anesthesia during this treatment and have a shorter healing time.

What to Expect

An in-office procedure, a laser gum treatment generally only needs local anesthesia. Nevertheless, additional sedation choices might be available in case you have dental fears or anxiety. Prior to your treatment, Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard will discuss precisely what you can expect throughout the procedure whether you're having a treatment for periodontal disease, having your teeth lengthened, or undergoing aesthetic gum sculpting. The LANAP laser is inserted between your teeth and gums to remove bacteria and infected tissue. The LANAP laser, about three hairs thick, is designed to fit easily between your gums and teeth. After the area is clean, the heat of the laser seals the gums to form a blood clot, blocking bacteria from reentering the area.

Recovery

Dr. Howard will provide you with home care instructions before you're allowed to leave. Since your mouth may be tender or swollen, you might choose to follow a soft food or liquid diet for a couple of days. For periodontal disease therapy or crown lengthening, you may need to make another appointment so Dr. Howard can evaluate your recovery and determine if a second treatment is required. After a laser gum treatment, it's important to follow a good home oral care routine. Dr. Howard or a member of his team can demonstrate proper flossing technique since this is key in keeping your gums healthy.

Insurance Coverage

As soon as your laser gum treatment plan is made, Dr. Howard will talk about your estimated payment. The Dental Office Encino takes lots of payments, including medical financing through CareCredit. For those who have insurance, we can get in touch with your provider to calculate your coverage and personal expenses.

Laser Gum Therapy

If you want a faster and more precise periodontal treatment, Drs. Alan and Yonatan Howard utilize an innovative laser system for both cosmetic and restorative procedures. Whether you want to deal with gum disease or enhance the visual appeal of your smile, a LANAP laser gum treatment can mean faster visits and healing times. To find out more about gum treatments or to make an appointment, contact The Dental Office Encino.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.