During LANAP surgery, your dentist will use an FDA-approved laser to perform minimally invasive gum surgery and access infected gum tissue without incisions or stitches
If you are receiving dental crowns but do not have enough exposed tooth surface to attach your crowns, your dentist may recommend crown lengthening. Similar to cosmetic gum contouring, this simple procedure can be accomplished with a laser or a scalpel and can help your teeth appear longer and more prominent. Undergoing a crown lengthening prior to dental crowns can help reduce the risk of a crown falling off and give you more room for proper oral hygiene.
Appropriate for both adults and children, a dentist can perform a frenectomy to remove the connective tissue known as the frenum, which attaches the upper or lower lips to the gums. This tissue can cause functional and cosmetic concerns for patients. For example, an enlarged frenum can cause a gap between the two front teeth or affect your speech. The frenum can be removed with a scalpel or a laser, which can reduce your surgery and recovery time.
Impacted Tooth Exposure
If a tooth is trapped underneath the gums, a dentist can perform an exposure and bracketing of the impacted tooth. During this procedure, the dentist will lift up the gum at the impact site to expose the tooth. After accessing the impacted tooth, he or she will place a bracket around the tooth to gently force it into proper positioning.
Laser Gum Surgery
While a traditional pocket reduction surgery can help you achieve healthier and better-looking gums, many dentists now offer the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP®. During LANAP surgery, your dentist will use an FDA-approved laser to perform minimally invasive gum surgery and access infected gum tissue without incisions or stitches. The laser will precisely target infected gum tissue without damaging surrounding healthy tissue and break down bacteria to prevent future disease. The LANAP laser also promotes tissue growth and can help your gums properly reattach to your bone.
This treatment for advanced gum disease is also known as gingival or gum flap surgery and may be necessary if you have periodontal disease that does not respond to scaling and root planing. After removing the plaque and tartar from your teeth, your dentist will create an incision on your gums to access the underlying tooth structure. He will then remove the infected gum tissue, address any bone damage, and remove bacteria that can cause future gum disease.
Soft tissue grafting, also known as a gum graft or gum regeneration, may be a good option for patients who have receded gum tissue as a result of gum disease. During this procedure, your dentist will take a piece of tissue from your palate or another part of your mouth to restore it around the tooth. Adding tissue to the infected areas can help prevent further damage and reduce sensitivity.