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What to Expect During Laser Gum Surgery in Chester, NJ


(Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)

Basic Steps of the LANAP® Protocol

Laser gum surgery has allowed patients to opt out of the traditional and more invasive “cut and sew” surgical treatment for periodontal disease. The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) effectively treats gum disease without the use of scalpels. Dr. Thomas A. Bissell offers this gum surgery alternative in Chester, NJ in two sessions of two hours each for the convenience of our patients.

A Visit for Laser Gum Surgery

When you arrive for your laser gum surgery, Dr. Bissell will administer a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. He will first measure the depth of your periodontal pockets to assess your loss of attachment. The laser is then slipped in between the teeth and gums to target the bacteria that have caused your infection. The wavelength of the laser makes it possible for Dr. Bissell to also remove diseased tissue without harming your healthy tissue. This elimination of bacteria and infected tissue immediately reduces the majority of your gum inflammation after the procedure.

At this point in your laser gum surgery, Dr. Bissell will use ultrasonic scalers to remove any calculus (tartar) deposits from under the gum line. The laser is used again to gently agitate the tissue within the periodontal pockets. This stimulates the tissue and bone which causes a coagulation effect that minimizes bleeding during laser gum surgery, creates a closed environment for healing, and spurs the regeneration of bone.

Next, Dr. Bissell will gently recompress your gum tissue to the root surface of your teeth and adjust your bite, if necessary, to complete this gum surgery alternative in Chester, NJ.

After Laser Gum Surgery

After the procedure, you will be given a set of instructions, although there is little downtime following laser gum surgery. Most patients return to work the next day. A second session will be scheduled, as Dr. Bissell usually treats one side of the mouth at a time to minimize your discomfort.

If you think that you may have gum disease, call Dr. Bissell today and schedule your periodontal examination and consultation for laser gum surgery.

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