The newest technology available for periodontal patient care, the PerioLase® MVP-7™ Nd:YAG laser, is now available at our office. Similar to LASIK surgery for the eyes, this laser therapy allows us to treat periodontal patients with a non-invasive, patient-friendly, breakthrough procedure. The PerioLase® MVP-7™, manufactured by Millennium Dental Technologies, was developed specifically to treat periodontal disease using the LANAP protocol.
The FDA approved and patented LANAP laser therapy is a pocket-reduction protocol that reduces gum pockets caused by bone loss around the teeth. By establishing a new attachment (seal) of the gum tissues, the LANAP procedure provides the ideal environment for bone regrowth and ligament attachment to the root surfaces that were diseased before treatment began. In most instances, treatment with the PerioLase® MVP-7 eliminates the need for conventional "cut-and-suture" periodontal surgery, also referred to as flap and osseous surgery.
This pulsing laser can distinguish between healthy and diseased tissue using color differences. According to a study in the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, the infected tissue, which has a darker pigment than healthy tissue, is "zapped" away by the laser, leaving behind only healthy gum tissue. The LANAP protocol then helps connective tissue and bone form between the gums and teeth. The laser's heat also seals the gums with a "thermal blood clot" which creates a physical barrier to block any bacteria that could recreate a gum pocket.
For patients who are anxious about traditional "cut-and-suture" periodontal surgery, the new laser treatment can be a life-changing alternative! Teeth can be saved and natural smiles can be preserved through this new treatment option.
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