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Medically Reviewed by Lisa A. Turner, DDS, MSD

When a patient is diagnosed with periodontal disease or receding gums or their dental implant is failing, they immediately start to dread the painful surgery that follows. Although over 80% of adults suffer from some degree of gum disease, only 3% of adults with moderate to severe levels of gum disease will accept treatment. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to receding gums, loss of bone, and ultimately, tooth loss.

The PerioLase MVP-7 Laser is an advanced technology used to perform FDA-cleared laser gum treatment. These procedures successfully treat gum disease because the laser can target the source of the inflammation without hurting or removing any healthy gum tissue and without the need for scalpel or sutures. Only a certified dentist like Dr. Lisa Turner of Venice Periodontics and Implant Dentistry is proven skilled in performing these procedures.

Traditional Gum Surgery 

Traditional treatment for gum disease involves surgery. This surgery can be painful and requires significant recovery. During traditional treatment, the periodontist will use a scalpel to cut the diseased gum and scrape the bone to remove the infection. When that is complete, she will use foreign material to refill the areas of bone loss and then use sutures to connect the gums back to the teeth. Over time, the gums will heal, and healthy gum tissue will grow, helping restore the gums to a natural look and feel over time.

Laser Gum Surgery With The PerioLase MVP-7 Laser 

In laser gum surgery, there is no cutting and no stitches. A laser fiber is placed between the teeth and gums into the periodontal pocket. The laser can remove diseased tissue lining the gums and kill the bacteria without damaging the healthy tissue. The roots are then cleaned, and the laser is used to seal the tissue around the tooth, allowing your body to heal naturally. Laser gum therapy promotes tissue regeneration and reduces the periodontal pocket depths without removing any tissue. The laser gum treatment is called Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) and is an FDA-cleared treatment for tissue regeneration.

A similar procedure performed with the same laser used in the LANAP procedure can also be used to treat dental implants affected by inflammation that can damage the soft tissues and the bone and may cause implant failure. Treating this area non-surgically with LAPIP (Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure) kills the bacteria causing inflammation and spurs regeneration of healthy supporting bone structure saving the implant.

The Bottom Line

Traditional Gum TreatmentLaser Treatment
Surgery
Requires cutting to remove infected tissues 
Requires sutures or stitches to reattach gums 
2 to 4-week recovery 
Some pain and swelling
Requires stopping many blood thinners and medications
Does not stimulate bone regeneration
Requires intensive after-care and monitoring
No cutting
No drilling
No sutures or stitches
24-hour recovery time 
Minimal discomfort
Reduced risk of infection
Decreased sensitivity
Less bleeding
98% of laser-treated patients demonstrate regeneration and remain stable 

Venice Periodontics and Implant Dentistry is a team of dental professionals who have decades of experience working together with patients needing specialty dental services. If you suffer from periodontal disease or peri-implantitis, contact us to schedule a consultation with our board certified periodontist today!