Treating Gum Disease without Surgery

80% of US adults suffer from some degree of gum disease, making this one of the most common diseases in America. Yet, only 60% know they have gum disease. Worse yet, only 3% of adults with moderate to severe levels of gum disease will accept treatment.

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a serious oral condition that can complicate your overall health if left untreated. If you’re living with gum disease but would like to avoid the discomfort associated with surgical gum disease treatments, LANAP may be a good option for you. This high-tech, non-invasive treatment can help you treat gum disease without surgery and improve your overall health in the process.

If you're in the San Francisco or East Bay areas and you're worried that gum disease may be compromising your dental health, the highly advanced, non-surgical LANAP laser treatment might be the perfect solution for you.

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Exceptional Results with LANAP Bone Regeneration

If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease and are looking for a safe, comfortable periodontal treatment, Dr. Amin Samadian and his highly trained staff in San Francisco may suggest a LANAP gum treatment. He and his team of experts will work with you to determine the true health of your gums and assess whether or not LANAP can provide the treatment you need. 

LANAP is the ideal gum disease treatment, even when patients have conditions like diabetes or hemophilia, which can complicate the healing process of traditional gum surgery. This laser is FDA-approved for histological bone regeneration and currently is used in many advanced universities such as the University of California San Francisco and Columbia University.

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Our Commitment to Next-Generation Procedures

“LANAP” stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, which is a minimally invasive gum disease treatment. By utilizing highly precise laser energy, this procedure effectively restores your healthy gum tissues while also encouraging your body to naturally regenerate the surrounding supportive bone tissues. While traditional gum surgeries can be uncomfortable, the LANAP procedure is surprisingly tolerable. Since it's a minimally invasive procedure, you won't have to deal with any incisions, and your recovery time will be minimized.

In cases where multiple teeth have been lost, bone resorption can sometimes prevent patients from being able to receive implants or bridges that might restore their functional bite. Similarly, severe gum disease can also cause a significant loss of gum tissue and/or bone tissue. Not only can this stand in the way of an implant procedure, but it can lead to severe oral disease in the future, as well. LANAP laser bone regeneration is a minimally invasive procedure that helps patients avoid these issues by restoring lost gum and bone tissue.

What are the benefits of the LANAP® protocol in the treatment of gum disease?

  • Less post-operative pain — The LANAP protocol using the PerioLase MVP-7 helps avoid cutting and stitching of the gums. As a result, patients usually have minimal post-operative discomfort.
  • Fewer sessions — The LANAP protocol requires only one to two sessions with the dentist, each lasting two to three hours, with two follow-up visits. Traditional surgery generally requires several sessions, with subsequent visits for suture removal and additional check-ups.
  • Quicker recovery time — Most patients are able to return to their regular daily activities immediately following the procedure, which generally requires less than a 24-hour recovery period. Following traditional scalpel & suture surgery, recovery can take two to four weeks, during which patients can experience considerable pain and swelling and may be restricted to liquid or soft diets.

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The Restorative Powers of LANAP Laser Bone Regeneration

  • Restoration of lost bone tissue to adequately support implants or bridges
  • Non-invasive procedure, less pain
  • No cutting, incisions, or bleeding
  • Minimized recovery period, very little downtime after treatment
  • Avoidance of further tooth loss or gum disease
  • Removal of bacteria and accumulated tartar
  • Healing is perceived to be faster and more comfortable than  conventional surgery
  • Promotes regeneration of supporting gum tissues

Exceptional Results with Advanced Technology

During a LANAP laser bone regeneration surgery, Dr. Samadian and his staff will use a minimally invasive laser device that offers seven different pulse durations. This gives Dr. Samadian an impressive level of control during the procedure and enables the PerioLase laser device to only target diseased tissues.

Since the laser is able to specifically target the infected gum tissue and eliminate any existing harmful bacteria, it can effectively leave the surrounding, healthy tissues untouched and unhurt. This eliminates the potential for any painful complications while also keeping the treatment area limited.

There are no stitches or cuts involved in the LANAP laser bone loss treatment in San Francisco, so your recovery period will be much shorter than that which would be possible after a traditional gum surgery. Dr. Samadian and his team can treat your entire mouth with the LANAP treatment in a single three- to four-hour session.

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Enjoying Complete Oral Health

You'll experience about one to two days of recovery, and will need to take antibiotics for a week. Antimicrobial mouthwash will be used for two weeks, and we'll set up a follow-up appointment to ensure that you're healing nicely. A periodontal maintenance appointment will be set for every three months with our hygienist.

A Surprisingly Comfortable Experience

Since there is no unpleasant cutting or scraping, your gum disease treatment will be quite comfortable. Unlike traditional gum and bone regeneration treatments, the LANAP laser procedure uses advanced technology to keep the procedure as pain-free as possible. If you find yourself dealing with any discomfort in the days following your procedure, we can help you with pain medication. This is rarely required, however, as most of our patients are able to completely forego pain medication and resume their normal routines in less than a day.

Complete Gum Rehabilitation

LANAP can fully rehabilitate the health of your gums, eliminating the risk for bone tissue loss, while also effectively decreasing the risk for future complications that might negatively impact your health. Dr. Samadian will be able to avoid diseased tissue without impacting the healthy tissues nearby, effectively removing any future risk for gum recession, and enabling you to once again enjoy reduced inflammation while regenerating vital bone tissue. For patients in the San Francisco and East Bay areas, the LANAP gum treatment is just one of the methods by which Dr. Samadian can guide you to full and complete oral health.

How Long is a LANAP Treatment?

LANAP periodontal surgery is a full-mouth procedure usually completed in two, 2-hour visits. Splinting of loose teeth may occur during this visit if necessary. One side of the mouth is completed during the first visit, and a week later the other side is then completed at the second visit. It is very common for patients to quickly resume normal activities or return to work. Dr. Samadian will discuss your custom plan with you prior to starting.

What is the LANAP Treatment Recovery?

LANAP is a surgical procedure, so your body will adjust depending upon your individual pain tolerance. The first few days following the surgery you may experience mild soreness of the treated areas- generally alleviated with Ibuprofen. The gum tissues around the teeth may appear slightly discolored. Splints may be fabricated to stabilize and immobilize the teeth. It is important that you wear these splints as instructed to promote healing. Expect to have your bite adjusted during visits several times over the coming months; this is very important for healing.

  • Do not brush or floss for the first 7-10 days after treatment.
  • Follow a soft diet as recommended by your treating dentist.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking interferes with the healing process by impairing the body’s defense mechanisms.

What is the Cost of LANAP Treatment?

Your individual cost will depend upon a number of variables. During your consultation, Dr. Samadian will go over your custom treatment plan and discuss your finance options.

Do I have to Stop Taking my Medication for LANAP Laser Surgery?

Because of the unique properties of the PerioLase laser wavelength, patients on blood thinners or with aspirin regimens do not have to stop taking any medications.

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Treating patients throughout San Francisco & East Bay. Dr. Samadian specializes in treatments such as smile makeovers, porcelain veneers, digital reconstructions, aesthetic dentistry, and implant dentistry. Focusing on regeneration and restoring tooth structure, bone loss, and gum recession utilizing the latest LANAP laser technology.

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