Laser stands for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Compared to sunlight, which comprises a range of different wavelengths, the lasers used in gum disease surgery produce a single wavelength. When passing through a prism, sunlight will divide into a rainbow of separate colors but a laser beam is just one color.
Lasers used as Medical Devices
Laser tools used for medical purposes, including gum disease surgery, requires:
• Mirrors to identify and steer laser light to the target area
• A semiconductor to generate the light wavelengths when stimulated
• Fiber optics to deliver laser light to the target area
During gum disease surgery and other medical or diagnostic procedures, these components are harnessed and manipulated in ways that treat or eliminate diseased tissue in the body.
Laser Specific to Dentistry
In 1991, the Food and Drug Administration cleared laser for use in soft tissue dental surgery. The use of laser for gum disease surgery and other treatments has increased exponentially and is now considered a basic tool in dentistry. Dental lasers are most often used:
• To diagnose disease
• For soft tissue procedures related to the lips, gums, and tongue
• For hard tissue procedures related to bone, dentin, and enamel
Revolutionizing Gum Disease Surgery with Laser
For moderate to advanced-stage gum disease, Dr. Hawke uses the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) for gentler, less painful and extremely effective gum disease surgery.
Before LANAP®, gum disease surgery required the dental professional to use a scalpel to cut into the gum line and scrape away bacteria, a painful process that can damage healthy tissue.
With LANAP®, Dr. Hawke uses the FDA-cleared PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser to generate very selective beams of light that target and vaporize bacteria and diseased tissue with unmatched precision. Laser gum disease surgery completely eradicates the bacteria and diseased tissue without harming adjacent healthy tissue.
LANAP® gum disease surgery requires just one, minimally-invasive office visit. Call us today for effective, safe, innovative gum disease treatment.
Dr. Robert Hawke, a general dentist in Tucson, AZ, offers many procedures that can improve the health and appearance of your smile. These advanced procedures include the LANAP Laser treatment, Dental Implants, Implant Supported Dentures, and Composite Fillings. If you suffer from gum disease or loose lower dentures, call our office today to schedule your appointment. We are proud to serve patients from Tucson, AZ and the surrounding areas including the Marana Valley, Oro Valley, and Vail, AZ.