- Introducing a New Technology – New Comfort! Better Results!
- The World’s First and Only FDA-Cleared
- LANAP: Laser Gum Disease Therapy
- A Revolutionary, Gentler Alternative to Traditional Gum Surgery
Because of Dr. Chellis’ passionate and ongoing commitment to your dental health, she is proud to be the first in the Seattle area to offer LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) also known as LPT™ (Laser Periodontal Therapy™) for the treatment of gum disease.
LANAP® is a patient-friendly, minimally-invasive, patented, new non-surgical laser alternative to gum surgery, and is a less painful, less traumatic way to treat periodontal disease at any stage. With LANAP® Laser Periodontal Therapy, the laser actually stimulates regeneration of bone and forms a new attachment to your teeth. This is the first ever procedure that can help grow back lost gum and bone!
We take our gums for granted. Yet they’re the unsung heroes of our mouths. The soft cushion that nestles the teeth must be properly cared for as part of your regular regime to foster a healthy mind and body. Gingivitis, which is the beginning form of periodontal disease, can be remedied quite effectively with proper daily tooth brushing and flossing, combined with regular dental hygiene visits.
But when you are unable to prevent gum disease, medical treatment is the only option. In years past, your choices were only traditional gum surgery or scaling and root planing, which simply slows the progress of the disease.
Statistics indicate nearly 80% of Americans have some form of gum disease and nearly 50% of cases are considered moderate or severe. Despite the prevalence of this silent disease, more than 97% of those in need refuse the traditional treatment of periodontal flap surgery and risk tooth loss and other health challenges as a result. Why? Patients report a perception that conventional “cut and sew” procedures are often painful, require weeks of healing and worse, are largely ineffective at curing periodontal disease in the long term. Most people choose to go untreated year after year in part, due to their fear of periodontal surgery.
LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure®), is an amazing breakthrough in periodontal treatment. If you have been told you need gum surgery, there is a laser alternative you need to learn about.
If you’re like 100 million other Americans, you could be one of the 50% of Americans who have moderate to severe gum disease, the major cause of tooth loss in adults.
Gum disease is Periodontal disease, and it starts off as plaque, an opaque film which eventually hardens, forming “tartar” or calculus. Calculus deposits harbor bacteria which infect the gums.
In early stages, this is called Gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen gums that may bleed when you brush your teeth. Many people experience bad breath and an unpleasant taste in their mouth as well.
Unchecked, Gingivitis progresses to Periodontitis, a much more serious form of the disease where periodontal pockets are formed, separating teeth from the gums and supporting bone structure. Without treatment, infection becomes severe and the pockets deepen, resulting in eventual tooth loss.
For moderate to severe gum diseases, dentists have traditionally used scaling/root planing (deep cleaning) or osseous surgery (gum surgery) to treat or simply maintain the severity of the disease. But the main cause of the disease, bacteria, is left inside of the gum tissue to re-infect the mouth again.
Today, Dr. Chellis offers LANAP®, Laser Periodontal Therapy, a patient-friendly, minimally-invasive procedure that is a great improvement over standard gum surgery.
She uses the Perio-Lase® MVP-7™ Digital Laser which targets and kills the main cause of gum disease, such as P. Gingivalis, residing deep within the gum tissue. With LANAP® Laser Periodontal Therapy, your gum tissue is given a second chance to rebuild damaged structure such as bone and form a new attachment to your teeth. LANAP® is a patented new non-surgical laser alternative to gum surgery,and is a less painful, less traumatic way to treat periodontal disease at any stage.
In most cases, we will schedule a complimentary consultation to explain how the laser works and give you a demonstration. Next, Dr Chellis will take X-rays and check your pocket depths to make a definitive diagnoses and determine the extent of the infection.
When you return for your first LANAP® treatment, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to eliminate any possible discomfort. A general anesthetic isn’t necessary, because LANAP® is much less traumatic than traditional surgery. A tiny laser fiber (about the thickness of three human hairs) is inserted between the tooth and the gum, and the infection is cleared away by removing only the diseased tissue.
Tartar, associated with inflamed and bleeding gums, is removed from the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic scaler and small instruments.
Then, laser light energy is again directed between the gum and tooth. The laser aids in reducing the bacteria associated with the disease, as well as stimulates your body’s own existing stem cells to grow new root surface coating and new connective tissue attachment to the root surface. All of this is done without making any type of incision.
After removing the diseased tissue, the laser immediately cauterizes the wound. The result is that you experience little to no bleeding. An added benefit of the laser is its ability to seal the nerve endings. The entire process results in only minor discomfort afterward.
After the area is thoroughly cleaned, your own body can heal the area naturally.
The procedure is fast. It takes just two 3-hour sessions. Dr. Chellis will treat one half of your mouth at each session… and you’ll probably feel good enough to go right back to work afterwards or the next day.
- Dramatically less traumatic, yet highly effective alternative to cut and sew gum surgery.
- No cutting of the gum tissue with a scalpel and no stitches means an easy recovery with minimal bleeding.
- Preserves gum tissue instead of cutting it away.
- Reduces root exposure and sensitivity.
- Reduces infection.
- Teeth that are considered hopeless with conventional treatment can be saved.
- LANAP® is about as easy as erasing a blackboard – there’s no cutting and no suturing.
There is much less discomfort with LANAP, LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY TM, than with standard surgery — during and after the procedure.
It takes less time than traditional surgery. All it takes is two 3-hour visits with Dr. Chellis and three follow up visits. LANAP® gives better, longer-lasting results. In fact, 98% of LANAP treated patients remain stable after five years, while only 5% reportedly remain stable after surgery.
There’s less than 24 hour recovery period, so you won’t lose time from work. In most cases, patients feel good enough to go back to work the same day or the next day.
Following traditional surgery, recovery can take between to 2-4 weeks during which patients can experience considerable pain and swelling, and the gum tissue levels are usually very different with more of your teeth showing (you become “long in the tooth”) and have more spaces between the teeth. While this actually makes access easier to clean the teeth, most people dislike the aesthetic changes.
LANAP® is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as Coumadin or Cyclosporin.
In 1998 the procedure created by Dr. Gregg and Dr. McCarthy known as “LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)” became the first laser periodontal treatment ever to be granted a US patent.
In 2001 Millennium Dental Technologies received the first and only clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to market the PerioLase® MVP-7™ Laser as a device for laser curettage (removal of inflamed, diseased soft tissue in the periodontal pocket) and enamel caries removal.