The health of your gums can impact both your oral health and your overall health. Ongoing scientific studies have confirmed the mouth-body connection, demonstrating the risks for certain types of disease in patients with poor oral health. The gums serve as both support for the teeth and a barrier between harmful bacteria in your mouth and your bloodstream. When this is compromised, your risk for cardiovascular and systemic disease can increase due to your body’s natural inflammatory response.
Maintaining or restoring healthy gums is an important part of lifelong dental health and physical well being. At Today’s Dentistry in Knoxville, TN, Dr. Pamela Cain and Dr. Robert Cain can provide comprehensive dental and periodontal services. For patients with advanced gum disease, many of whom may have been told there is “no hope” for restoring oral health, we offer LANAP®. This unique and advanced treatment option uses laser dentistry to promote healing and enable patients to restore healthy gums and avoid tooth extraction or loss.
LANAP: About the Procedure
Using the PerioLase MVP-7, LANAP harnesses the minimally invasive accuracy of laser energy to remove diseased soft tissue and stimulate the body’s natural healing response for the regrowth of healthy attachment between the teeth and gums. The PerioLase laser has unique wavelength properties that enable patients on blood thinners or an aspirin regimen to receive treatment without having to discontinue their medication. Other key benefits of LANAP include:
- Minimal bleeding, swelling or other side effects associated with alternative treatments or oral surgical procedures
- NO sutures
- Minimal discomfort during and after treatment
- Significantly shorter downtime when compared to surgical options
- Reduced risk of post-treatment infection
- NO cutting- healthy gum tissue is not impacted and remains in tact
Dr. Robert Cain is one of few Hardin Valley area dentists with certification and training in the LANAP procedure. He will meet with you to evaluate the condition of your oral health and determine if the LANAP procedure is the solution for you. During the initial consultation, we may also perform a perio charting to be used as a guide for the LANAP treatment. LANAP typically requires two treatments, one for each arch of teeth, for a successful result. Performed using a local anesthetic in most cases, patients can drive themselves to and from their appointment and resume normal daily activities.
Braces After LANAP: complete a smile makeover
If the aesthetics or function of your smile has been damaged by advanced periodontal disease, Dr. Cain can work with you after LANAP to address concerns and complete a smile makeover. Using clear braces or aligners, she can straighten crooked teeth and correct mild to moderate bite problems. Treatment with Six Month Smiles or Invisalign will not only give you a beautiful new smile, but support your renewed oral health after LANAP for long term oral wellness.
Short term orthodontics using invisible braces will complement the results of your restored gum health after LANAP by stabilizing your bite with proper tooth position. Enabling the teeth to make proper contact will minimize stress on the jaw joints and prevent future tooth or gum damage.
Who is a candidate for the LANAP procedure?
The LANAP procedure is an excellent treatment option for someone who suffers from moderate to severe gum disease. More and more people are choosing this route of treatment simply because it does not involve cuts and sutures. For many people, the thought of surgery can trigger anxiety.
What to expect after treatment?
Your gums will be sore for a few days and over the counter pain medication is typically all that is needed to control the discomfort. You should stick to a soft and liquid only diet for about two weeks. Avoiding foods that can get lodged in the gums such as nuts, seeds and popcorn is necessary. You should also avoid physical activity for about 48 hours after the procedure.
Will dental insurance cover LANAP?
Most insurance providers cover some portion of treatment for gum disease. However, we recommend contacting your insurance company to review the types of treatment they will and will not cover for gum disease.
How long does the procedure last?
The LANAP treatment will require one to two sessions with Dr. Cain. Each session will last about two to three hours. Dr Cain will also want to see you at least two more times for a followup.
Schedule An Appointment
Whether you are seeking treatment for advanced gum disease or looking for a dentist in the Knoxville area, we welcome new patients. To schedule an appointment contact us at (865) 219-3622 or request an appointment online today.