Lasers transport energy in the form of light. When used for laser gum surgery and other surgical procedures, the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser vaporizes the tissue it comes in contact with, allowing the periodontist to target only the infected areas without disturbing healthy gum tissue. The laser’s capability for such selectivity is the chief advantage of this particular gum disease treatment. In addition to vaporizing bacteria, lasers can also be used to fortify the bond between the tooth and the filling, and serve as a heat source to enhance the bleaching agents during teeth whitening procedures.
Assuming that the periodontist is properly trained and follows the appropriate protocol, the PerioLase® MVP-7™is very safe and poses no greater risk than other dental instruments. Your periodontist will give you special eyeglasses to wear during the procedure to protect your eyes from the laser.
Although prices for LANAP® vary from periodontist to periodontist, this particular gum disease treatment typically runs around the same price as other procedures. Considering the numerous benefits, such as significantly less pain and discomfort than traditional gum disease treatment, LANAP® is well worth the cost.