Laser Periodontal Treatment
In accordance with the philosophy at Ross Periodontics to provide the best available periodontal treatments to the patients of this area, Dr. Ross is excited to be able to give you the option of laser periodontal therapy.
With over 40 hours of training, Dr. Ross is certified to use the only patented, FDA-approved laser protocol to treat gum disease.
The laser assisted new attachment procedure or LANAP is an amalgamation of the tried-and-true periodontal therapies, but it adds the energy of the Nd:YAG laser to the equation. Unlike many lasers on the market, the wavelength of the Nd:YAG is preferentially absorbed by the diseased epithelium, bacteria, and calculus in the pockets around the periodontal patient's teeth.
This benefits you by:
- Precisely removing the causative factors
- Leading to a greater probability of regrowing bone and the ligament attached to the tooth
- With more comfortable healing (most patients just need over-the-counter medications)
- Giving you a better looking result (no more looking "long-in-the-tooth")
Esthetic Crown Lengthening
Reasons for getting crown lengthening include giving the dentist enough tooth structure to place a cap so it does not cause inflammation or fall off; or to make short front teeth look more esthetic.
Root Coverage Gum Grafts
If your teeth are looking long because the roots are showing, you have root decay, or have tooth sensitivity, getting gum grafts can predictably solve these problems. Part of having an esthetic, healthy smile is putting your gums back where they were.
Dental implants are an extraordinary blend of science and art. Made of titanium, dental implants are securely anchored into the jaw and serve as roots for dental crowns. In many cases, dental implants are considered the best option for replacing missing teeth. They are also used to replace dental bridges or partial dentures, or to provide support for dentures. Dental implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options. They look, feel and function just like real teeth! With dental implants, surrounding teeth are left untouched. Finally, dental implants are exceptionally reliable. Year after year, dental implants have had high success rates and typically last 15-20 years.
What is LANAP?
Laser-assisted New Attachment Procedure is gum surgery designed to treat periodontitis.
Periodontitis, better known as gum disease, is a serious dental condition that left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and has been closely linked to major health problems including heart disease, strokes, pre-term, and stillborn births, as well as certain cancers. It is often painless and can go undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction catches the individual's attention. Even when detected, patients often choose not to undergo traditional surgery due to fear, poor esthetic outcomes and associated pain.
If you have gum disease, and would like to reverse it, LANAP very well may be the right option for you!
Here's how it works:
First, local anesthesia is administered.
Second, a short-duration laser pulse is used on the pockets around the patient's afflicted teeth. This destroys bacteria and pathologic proteins near the root.
Third, connective tissue is preserved, while infected tissue is destroyed.
With LANAP, no surgical glue, bone graft material, stitches, collagen plugs or sutures are needed making the procedure much more pleasant for our patients.