About 10 years ago, the FDA approved a laser treatment called LANAP or Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, which revolutionized periodontal care. There are several advantages to an FDA cleared laser protocol. Laser surgery typically results in a more predictable clinical response than traditional surgery. Even if extractions have to be performed, the laser treatment enhances a clinically faster healing response than traditional extractions.
Laser treatment does not require patients to stop using prescribed blood thinners, cardiac medications, and other systemic medications. This elevated the health risk to patients. Unlike traditional periodontal surgery, laser periodontal surgery cases often require only one visit. In many clinical settings, this laser periodontal surgery produces better clinical outcomes than traditional surgery done in multiple visits.
Periodontal Surgery Procedures
Periodontal disease is often treated in patients prior to cardiac bypass surgery, stent procedures, prosthetic replacements (hips and knees, for example), chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and many other medical conditions.