Basic Steps of the LANAP® Protocol
When you need gum disease treatment, you visit a periodontist. Periodontists specialize in the prevention and treatment of periodontal or gum disease. Gum disease progresses in stages. Throughout these stages, there are many options available for gum disease treatment.
Stages of Gum Disease
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) is the only FDA-cleared laser protocol for gum disease treatment. LANAP® protocol uses the PerioLase® MVP-7™ to target and eradicate bacteria and diseased gum tissue, leaving healthy tissue intact. This laser gum disease treatment, performed by your periodontist, acts as a catalyst to regenerate bone.
With this laser protocol, Dr. Gutt uses no scalpels or sutures needed as there are in traditional surgery. Patients find that the gum disease treatment causes little bleeding and minimal discomfort. Any pain is managed with a simple over-the-counter medication. Dr. Gutt finds that healing times are much faster with this gum disease treatment than when compared with traditional surgery.
- Gingivitis is the milder form of periodontal disease which causes an inflammation of the gums. This stage is easily reversed and is a result of plaque buildup.
- Without any gum disease treatment, gingivitis progresses to periodontitis. The gums loosen and form pockets around the teeth, creating a home for bacteria and plaque. Gums will begin to recede and without gum disease treatment by Dr. Gutt, the gum disease will worsen resulting in tooth loss.
- Advanced periodontitis is the final stage. Bacteria has spread and wreaked havoc upon the bone and tissue that support teeth, creating an environment where teeth loosen or shift. Gum disease treatment must be provided by Dr. Gutt in order to save the patient’s teeth and bone.
Dr. Mark I. Gutt, with offices located in Miami Beach and Key West (FL) Florida, is a Periodontist who serves patients from Miami, Miami Beach, Aventura, North Miami Beach, North Miami, South Beach, North Bay Village, Doral, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Dania, Hallandale, Hollywood, Key West and Bal Harbour, FL. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!