LANAP LASER SURGERY

Another recent development in periodontal treatment is the use of the laser to regenerate bone. Utilizing the body’s own natural ability to “heal itself”, Dr. Farber, Dr. Chondrogiannis, and Dr. Batalias utilize the PerioLase™ for the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP™). Performed without a scalpel and requiring no sutures, LANAP™ creates an environment for regeneration of the tissues around your teeth (gum, bone, cementum, ligament) that are lost due to periodontal disease.

This is an FDA cleared treatment for periodontal disease and is backed by many scientific studies. The procedure is performed by a select group of dental professionals around the United States.

LASERS: LESS IS MORE

If your doctor informed you about a practically painless surgery that used a laser instead of a scalpel, would you be more compelled to try it? For those who may have put off surgery out of fear, lasers have changed the face of medicine. And the same goes for the use of the LANAP laser in dentistry.

Without dental treatment, patients face significant dental health risks, such as tooth and jawbone loss. But a new procedure called LANAP is helping to change the grim outlook anxious dental patients once faced. A new procedure called LANAP is helping anxious patients get the dental treatment, that theymay have put off due

Why Choose LANAP? What is it?

LANAP, which stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, uses a laser to perform periodontal surgery once only reserved for a scalpel. Developed by Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., LANAP surgery is successful in treating gum disease with minimal trauma to the mouth. Traditional gum surgery uses a scalpel to decrease pocket depth and remove the infection — and unfortunately, some healthy tissue is destroyed in the process. Stitches are then placed to reattach the gums to the bone and assist in healing.

The LANAP laser removes the infection from beneath the gum line without compromising healthy gum tissue. LANAP is considered a regenerative procedure: Tissue is not reduced and bone is actually regenerated.

The LANAP laser recognizes pigmentation, only destroying bacteria and infected gum tissue, which are darker in color than healthy gums. The LANAP procedure also helps connective tissue and bone form between your teeth and gums, which could help minimize the chance of the infection returning.

  • Laser works by targeting only diseased gum – discerned by color. (diseased gums are darker than healthy gums)
  • Laser is used to encourage healthy tissue to reattach
  • Because of regrowth of tissue, there is a lower chance of gum disease returning
  • Restores your health with virtually no post-operative pain
  • Fewer side effects and risks
Benefits of LANAP

Minimal or no discomfort – the laser targets diseased tissue, therefore, Dr. Farber can remove the infection without cutting or suturing (stitching) the gums. This leads to a more comfortable experience for you, and most likely you will not need to take any pain medication. You will not feel any discomfort during the LANAP procedure.

Faster Healing- Dr. Farber uses the PerioLase® MVP-7™ to perform the LANAP® procedure. The LANAP protocol has been shown to stimulate regeneration of lost periodontal attachment as well as reducing tissue inflammation without disturbing surrounding healthy tissue. The healing process quicker because of this.

Short Recovery Time – Recovery from LANAP surgery often takes less than a day rather than the two to four weeks required for traditional surgery; you will be able to return to work soon afterwards. Many patients who undergo laser dentistry procedures at our office can get back to work and resume daily activities immediately after the procedure.

Minimal Gum Recession – because the laser selectively leaves healthy tissue, there is significantly less shrinkage and recession resulting from the procedure.

Reduced Inflammation – Our laser dentistry procedure removes about 90 percent of inflammation after a single treatment. Dr. Farber can control bleeding with LANAP®, as well. Inflammation, we know can lead to premature aging. AND many medically compromised patients who cannot have traditional surgery can have LANAP.

Saves Natural Teeth – Our goal is to save and keep your natural teeth with minimal procedures. In many cases, laser dentistry allows us to do that.

Other benefits of using the LANAP laser include:

  • Less time spent in the dental chair
  • Less mouth trauma caused by the traditional scalpel and sutures procedure
  • Less pain, bleeding and swelling
  • Easier healing and a faster recovery
  • Improved, longer-lasting results
The LANAP Procedure
  1. Anesthesia — Local anesthesia may be used to keep you from feeling any discomfort. LANAP is non-invasive and normally doesn’t require any other form of sedation. But if you are an extremely fearful patient, talk to us about your sedation dentistry options.
  2. Periodontal Pocket Measurements. – During the first step of laser gum disease treatment, Dr. Farber will measure the depths of your periodontal pockets. This will tell us the severity of your gum tissue detachment so that we can adjust treatment accordingly.
  3. Bacteria Removal. Dr. Farber will insert the PerioLase® MVP-7™ between your teeth and gums to remove infected tissue and bacteria. The LANAP laser is extremely tiny (about the thickness of three hairs), designed to fit easily between your gums and teeth. This laser does not have an effect on healthy

    bone, root, or healthy tissue, making laser gum disease treatment a less invasive treatment. Most patients experience minimal discomfort or pain during this process.

  4. Eradication of Calculus Deposits. Next, Dr. Farber will apply an ultrasonic scaler to the root surfaces of the teeth. This helps to remove any tartar (calculus) deposits that have formed under the gum line.
  5. Formation of a Blood Clot. Dr. Farber will use the laser a second time to create a blood clot and form a safe, stable environment for healing to begin. This will also stimulate regrowth of the bone and soft tissue. In many cases, laser gum disease treatment is able to reverse the effects of gum disease and save teeth would otherwise be lost. This helps block bacteria from re-entering and re-infecting the area.
  6. Tissue Compression. The tissue is recompressed against the surface of the tooth so that no stitches are necessary.
  7. Bite adjustment – The last and final step of laser gum disease treatment is to adjust the bite and check your teeth for any signs of trauma.

The LANAP procedure usually consists of two 2-hour sessions and two follow-up visits. You can compare LANAP to traditional surgery, which usually takes four surgical procedures and several follow-up visits to remove stitches.

LANAP Laser Surgery FAQ

The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) performed by Dr. Alan Farber is a revolutionary gum surgery alternative that has helped thousands of patients treat and prevent gum disease from reoccurring. Here are some of the more frequently asked questions about how to treat and prevent gum disease with LANAP®.

Q: Are periodontal disease and gum disease the same?
A: Yes. While “periodontal disease” is the proper name, both terms refer to an infection which has spread from the gums into the bones of your lower jaw and into the bones of the skull supporting your upper teeth. This can result in the permanent loss of both gum and bone and to the loss of teeth.

Q: Is LANAP® painful?
A: LANAP® is one of the gentlest laser treatments available and only requires a local anesthetic to numb the teeth and gums. Some patients also request sedation for anxiety, but that is optional. Unlike traditional periodontal surgery, there is little bleeding and stiches are not necessary.

Q: Does LANAP® provide additional benefits?

A: LANAP® is celebrated for doing more than effectively treating and preventing gum disease; it grows bone too! Research shows laser surgery actually stimulates bone cells in the jaw to rebuild the support natural teeth need to stay in place. Gum recession is also greatly reduced compared to conventional surgery.

Q: Is LANAP® safe for treating and preventing gum disease?
A: LANAP® is FDA approved for gum disease treatment and is backed by medical research as an extremely safe and effective way to treat and prevent gum disease. Dr. Farber is trained and certified in the LANAP® procedure. Plus, Drs. Farber uses the PerioLase®MVP-7™ laser, which is FDA-cleared and considered today’s best laser tool available.

Q. How do I know if LANAP® is the best way for me to treat and prevent gum disease?
A: If you are concerned about bleeding gums or the overall health of your gums, talk with Dr. Farber about treatment options. He can discuss all appropriate options with you to ensure that you are making the most informed decision about your oral health. LANAP® is favored by periodontists to treat patients with moderate to severe gum disease. A visit with Dr. Farber will determine whether LANAP® is the best treatment for you

LAPIP

What is Peri-Implantitis?

Peri-Implantitis is a newly named disease affecting an old problem.  Have you had dental implants for a long time?  Some of the common issues that arise from having implants over a period of time can include peri mucositis, peri implantitis or even malposition.  Peri-Implantitis is the inflammatory process affecting the tissue, both hard and soft tissue, around the dental implant the patient has. This inflammatory process can wreak just as much havoc to someone with dental implants as with someone who doesn’t have implants and has just natural teeth.

How can I stop Peri-Implantitis?

While there are many types of surgeries for dental implants in Long Island, using the latest technology can help you save your dental implants and reduce the issues associated with peri- implantitis and periodontitis.  A new laser, The PerioLase MVP-7 by Millennium Dental Technologies, has helped many with the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP).  And now those with dental implants can find refuge in the Laser-Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure (LAPIP).

What Does This Laser Dentistry Called LAPIP Really Do?

LAPIP still uses the same laser that is used in the LANAP procedure.  The periodontist guides the laser along the gum line to remove infected tissue and bacteria.  The laser then seals the gum tissue to help stimulate the healing process.

What Advantages Does LAPIP Have Over Traditional Surgery?

Traditional surgery involves painful cutting and suturing of the gum line.  A modified smile and gum line usually are part of the unwanted results when having a peri-implantitis procedure in Long Island.  With the LAPIP procedure, this new laser dentistry technology throws out many of the facets associated with the traditional gum surgery.  Not only is there no cutting or suturing of the gum dental line, but healthy guy tissue is not affected by the laser, along with stimulated gum regeneration and the ability for the patient to continue on with their daily activities immediately post procedure.
Most importantly, the procedure is virtually pain free.
Have questions about this exciting procedure?  Want to know more about dental implants or this gum surgery treatment alternative?  Then call us now in Hauppauge at 631-265- 4442 or Medford at 631-758- 3700.

Cosmetic Services

Gummy Smile  (cosmetic tooth lengthening)

Periodontal procedures are available to improve the esthetics of your gum line because with a “gummy” smile your teeth appear short. Your teeth may actually be the proper length, but they are covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this we can perform a periodontal plastic procedure called crown lengthening.
During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth.
This can be done to more than one tooth, to even out your gum line, or to expose a natural broad smile.

This procedure can dramatically improve your smile!

If you are unhappy with the appearance of short unsightly teeth, this can be greatly improved by a combination of cosmetic periodontal procedures by Dr. Farber, Dr. Chondrogiannis, Dr. Batalias and their team, and cosmetic dentistry by your restorative dentist. With collaboraton of your dental team a beautiful smile can be created.

Root Coverage Procedure

When recession of gingiva (gum tissue) occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, the best thing to do is gum reconstruction using graphing techniques.

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Gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance to the gum and tooth. Also, gum recession, when significant, can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.

 

 

A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. In addition to the patients own tissue, tissue from a donor bank is available. This tissue undergoes rigerous sterilization procedures and is completely safe.

 

The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.

 

This can be done for one tooth or several teeth. The procedure will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.

 

A gingival graft procedure is highly predictable. The end result is a healthy band of attached gum tissue which reseals and protects the tooth and underlying bone.

 

What causes gum recession?

 

  • Aggressive brushing
  • Gum Disease
  • Gum tissue that is naturally thin
  • Previous orthodontic treatments
  • Previous tooth loss

 

For more information about gum grafting or to schedule a consultation appointment,call us in Hauppauge at 631-265- 4442 or Medford at 631-758- 3700.

Surgical Services

LANAP

  1. Anesthesia — Local anesthesia may be used to keep you from feeling any discomfort. LANAP is non-invasive and normally doesn’t require any other form of sedation. But if you are an extremely fearful patient, talk to us about your sedation dentistry options.
  2. Periodontal Pocket Measurements. – During the first step of laser gum disease treatment, Dr. Farber will measure the depths of your periodontal pockets. This will tell us the severity of your gum tissue detachment so that we can adjust treatment accordingly.
  3. Bacteria Removal. Dr. Farber will insert the PerioLase® MVP-7™ between your teeth and gums to remove infected tissue and bacteria. The LANAP laser is extremely tiny (about the thickness of three hairs), designed to fit easily between your gums and teeth. This laser does not have an effect on healthybone, root, or healthy tissue, making laser gum disease treatment a less invasive treatment. Most patients experience minimal discomfort or pain during this process.
  4. Eradication of Calculus Deposits. Next, Dr. Farber will apply an ultrasonic scaler to the root surfaces of the teeth. This helps to remove any tartar (calculus) deposits that have formed under the gum line.
  5. Formation of a Blood Clot. Dr. Farber will use the laser a second time to create a blood clot and form a safe, stable environment for healing to begin. This will also stimulate regrowth of the bone and soft tissue. In many cases, laser gum disease treatment is able to reverse the effects of gum disease and save teeth would otherwise be lost. This helps block bacteria from re-entering and re-infecting the area.
  6. Tissue Compression. The tissue is recompressed against the surface of the tooth so that no stitches are necessary.
  7. Bite adjustment – The last and final step of laser gum disease treatment is to adjust the bite and check your teeth for any signs of trauma.

 

Pocket Correction Therapy

Used when periodontal disease has advanced to the point where supportive tissue has been destroyed. This surgical treatment is used for advanced infections and for pockets too deep to reach by scaling and root planing (tissue and root therapy) alone.

These procedures reshape or actually restore lost bone and ligaments, increasing the chance of saving teeth that otherwise would have been lost. Sometimes, more than one type of procedure is performed on the same tooth. These techniques  require the use of a mininimally invasive incision to gain access to diseased tissue.

 

Bone Guided and regeneration

When teeth and bone are lost due to oral disease or trauma, your smile can be restored to the highest esthetic standards only by bone regeneration. Advances in science and technology allow us to re-grow missing bone, along with periodontal structures that attach teeth to the bone. A key to dental implant success is the amount and quality of the bone where the dental implant is to be placed.

The Doctors at the Farber Center For Periodontics & Dental Implants have extensive experience on the use of different materials and techniques to grow new bone and gums for implant placement.

 

Soft Tissue Graft

When recession of the gingiva (gum tissue) occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, the best thing to do is gum reconstruction using grafting techniques.

Gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance to the gum and tooth. Also, gum recession, when significant, can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.

 

Crown Lengthening

When decay occurs, or if a tooth fractures below the gum line, crown lengthening may be needed. With this procedure, more of the tooth structure is gently exposed from under the gum. Both the gum and surrounding tissues are reshaped. This will allow your restorative dentist adequate room to place a quality crown on the tooth.

 

Non-Surgical Services

Scaling and root planning (currently known as: Tissue and Root Therapy) removes plaque and tartar from below your gum line. This procedure controls the growth of harmful bacteria. It also helps gums to reattach firmly to the teeth. Because this procedure is more advanced than a regular cleaning, the doctors or hygienists use a local anesthetic prior. This helps prevent any discomfort during your visit.

Even in most severe cases of periodontal disease, non-surgical periodontal therapy most often precedes surgical therapy. This is done so that the overall tissue quality is improved prior to surgery and also limits the areas of required surgery.

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