LANAP Laser Periodontal Therapy in Wichita KS

Welcome to the forefront of periodontal care with Dr. Marq J. Sams and the Implant & Perio Center of Kansas team. Our practice is proud to offer LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), a state-of-the-art alternative to traditional gum disease treatments. Unlike conventional methods, LANAP utilizes laser technology to gently and effectively treat gum disease at any stage. Discover how LANAP can restore your oral health with minimal discomfort and recovery time.

Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a progressive condition that affects the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It begins with the growth of bacteria in your mouth and, if not promptly treated, can lead to significant damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. This can result in tooth loss and has been linked to other serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen gums that may bleed during brushing or flossing. At this stage, the damage is still reversible with professional treatment and good oral hygiene at home. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, where the gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces (called “pockets”) that become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. Without treatment, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed, leading to tooth loss.

Risk factors for gum disease include poor oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes, hormonal changes in women, certain illnesses and their medications, and genetic susceptibility. Recognizing the symptoms early and seeking professional care is crucial for preventing the progression of gum disease.

The LANAP Procedure

The LANAP protocol is a groundbreaking approach to the treatment of gum disease, offering a less painful and more effective alternative to traditional surgery. Dr. Marq J. Sams utilizes the PerioLase MVP-7 laser, a specialized instrument designed specifically for the LANAP procedure. This technology allows for the precise targeting of infected tissue, leaving healthy areas untouched, and promoting regeneration of the tissues supporting the teeth.

The Procedure:

  1. Consultation and Diagnosis: Your treatment journey begins with a thorough examination of your oral health. Dr. Sams will assess the extent of your gum disease and explain how LANAP can help in your specific case.
  2. Treatment Planning: Using the information gathered during your consultation, Dr. Sams will create a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
  3. The LANAP Treatment: On the day of your procedure, the area will be numbed for comfort. Dr. Sams will then use the PerioLase MVP-7 laser to gently remove the diseased tissue and bacteria from the pockets around your teeth. The laser energy also helps to clot blood, creating a clean, stable environment that encourages tissue regeneration.
  4. Recovery and Regeneration: Post-treatment, the gums will begin to heal and reattach to the tooth surfaces, reducing pocket depth and eliminating infection. The LANAP procedure not only removes the infection but also stimulates the body’s ability to regenerate bone and tissue around the teeth.

Benefits of LANAP

Choosing LANAP at Implant & Perio Center of Kansas offers numerous benefits over traditional gum surgery methods. Our patients experience:

  • Less Pain and Discomfort: The LANAP procedure is significantly less painful than traditional gum surgery. Most patients report minimal discomfort during and after the treatment.
  • Faster Recovery: Recovery time is dramatically reduced, with most patients returning to their normal activities within 24 hours.
  • Reduced Bleeding and Inflammation: The precision of the laser minimizes bleeding and swelling compared to traditional methods.
  • Preservation of Healthy Tissue: The LANAP laser targets only the diseased tissue, preserving as much healthy tissue as possible and ensuring a more aesthetically pleasing and functional result.
  • Regeneration of Tissue: LANAP promotes regeneration of the tissues and bone lost to gum disease, a feature not possible with traditional surgical methods.
  • Safety: LANAP is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as blood thinners, without needing to stop their medication.

Ideal Candidates for LANAP

The LANAP protocol is a revolutionary approach that broadens the spectrum of treatment options for patients with gum disease, making it an ideal choice for a wide range of individuals. You might be an excellent candidate for LANAP if you:

  • Have moderate to severe gum disease: LANAP is particularly effective for patients who have been told they need surgery to treat periodontitis.
  • Are looking for less invasive options: If the idea of scalpel surgery is unappealing, LANAP offers a minimally invasive, laser-based alternative.
  • Suffer from dental anxiety: Patients who are anxious about dental procedures often find the LANAP process less daunting due to its less invasive nature and reduced recovery time.
  • Have health conditions that complicate traditional surgery: If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other conditions that make traditional gum surgery riskier, LANAP can be a safer alternative.
  • Seek faster recovery times: Those who cannot afford to take extended time off work or other activities for recovery will benefit from the minimal downtime associated with LANAP.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect after the LANAP procedure?

Most patients experience little to no discomfort after the LANAP procedure. Some may have slight swelling or bruising, which typically subsides within 24 hours. Recovery is significantly quicker compared to traditional surgery, with many returning to their normal routines the next day.

Will my insurance cover LANAP?

Many insurance plans cover LANAP treatment, but coverage can vary. Our team is here to help you understand your benefits and will work with your insurance company to maximize your coverage.

Is LANAP treatment permanent?

LANAP has been shown to produce long-lasting results in treating gum disease. However, maintaining these results depends on following a good oral hygiene regimen and attending regular dental check-ups. Dr. Sams will provide you with a personalized care plan to help ensure your gums remain healthy.

How does LANAP promote gum regeneration?

The LANAP laser is uniquely able to remove only diseased tissue while stimulating the surrounding healthy tissue to regenerate and reattach to the teeth. This regenerative capability is a key advantage over traditional methods, which typically remove both diseased and some healthy tissue.

Why Choose Dr. Marq J. Sams for Your LANAP Treatment?

Experience and Expertise: Dr. Sams is not only a highly skilled periodontist; he is also among the early adopters of the LANAP protocol in the region. His expertise ensures that you receive care that is both advanced and tailored to your specific needs.

Personalized Care: Dr. Sams believes in a patient-centered approach. Every treatment plan is customized to fit the individual’s health needs, lifestyle, and goals. You’re not just another patient; you’re a partner in your care.

Advanced Technology: Implant & Perio Center of Kansas is equipped with the latest dental technologies, including the PerioLase MVP-7 laser, used in LANAP procedures. This commitment to cutting-edge technology means you receive the most effective and comfortable treatment possible.

Supportive Environment: We understand that dental treatment can be stressful. Our team goes above and beyond to create a welcoming and supportive atmosphere, from your initial consultation through to your recovery and beyond.

Commitment to Education: Dr. Sams is dedicated to patient education, ensuring that you fully understand your treatment options and what to expect. We believe an informed patient is an empowered patient.

Getting Started with LANAP

Ready to take the first step towards better oral health? Schedule your consultation with Dr. Marq J. Sams to learn more about LANAP and how it can benefit you. Together, we can achieve a healthier smile with the most advanced care available. Contact us today!

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Meet Dr. Sams

Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As a dental professional, I stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options for my patients.

As a doctor, I recognize that my patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in me and my team. That is just one reason why I value each and every patient relationship.

I appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit this site and find out more about this dental practice, my team, and the many services we can provide to help you achieve optimum oral health.

Don’t hesitate to call me for any questions that you may have! Schedule an appointment with us today!

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