LANAP Laser Procedure in Charleston, SC
One of our goals at James Island Dental Associates is to keep every procedure as comfortable and efficient for our patients as possible. We recognize that popular media often cracks jokes about dentistry being uncomfortable or unpleasant, and this is unfortunate. The reality is that new technologies and techniques are constantly being developed that make getting the dental care you need to stay healthy much more comfortable than in the past.
We take pride in staying on top of the latest developments and providing our patients with the highest quality, most comfortable dentistry available today.
LANAP (laser assisted new attachment procedure) is a new way to treat periodontal disease that avoids the need for surgery with a scalpel or sutures. With LANAP, you can have periodontal treatment done and return to work the next day.
Dr. Weir is the first dentist in South Carolina to be trained and licensed in the LANAP procedure.
LANAP is an FDA-approved treatment for moderate to severe gum disease and has been used successfully by Dr. Weir for over five years.
Why Do We Choose LANAP for Our Patients?
Performing periodontal treatments with a laser offers a number of advantages over conventional surgical methods, including:
- Less risk of bleeding both during and after the procedure
- Greater comfort during the procedure and while healing
- More precision to prevent unnecessary loss of healthy tissue
- Faster rate of healing following the procedure
- Shorter treatment times than with conventional surgery, often less than 24 hours
- No scalpels or suturing is necessary
- Results last longer
Why We Treat Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is a serious, chronic health condition. This infection begins as mild gingivitis and often initially has no signs or symptoms. As the condition progresses, you may experience bad breath and bleeding when you brush and floss. In these early stages, gum disease can be reversed with changes to your home care routine.
Without treatment, however, gum disease progresses into periodontitis. In this stage, serious damage can occur to the soft gum tissue as well as the underlying bone structure that holds your teeth securely in place. Gum disease is not just a concern for the appearance of your mouth. Recent research has linked gum disease to a range of serious health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some types of cancers, and even Alzheimer's disease. Pregnant women with periodontal disease are more likely to give birth to underweight babies.
At James Island Dental Associates, we take your health very seriously, and that's why we offer top-of-the-line treatments for periodontal disease, including LANAP.
Call Our Charleston, SC Dental Practice to Learn More
We invite you to view our video below to learn more about LANAP and periodontal disease. If you are experiencing the signs of early gum disease or it's been a while since your last check-up, don't hesitate to call and schedule an appointment.