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LANAP® Laser Dentistry In Chattanooga, TN

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What is LANAP®?

LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is an FDA-cleared laser treatment that provides a more successful and less painful periodontal treatment alternative to conventional cut and sew surgery. Millions of Americans each year suffer from gum disease, yet only a small percentage receives treatment. Gum disease has been linked to a variety of health complications including but not limited to heart disease, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, and low birth-weight babies. 

With the introduction of the PerioLase® MVP-7™and the LANAP® laser dentistry in Chattanooga, TN, our dentists are able to remove and kill only the bacteria within the pockets of your gums while leaving the healthy tissue behind to reattach to the root surface! Why is this important? With laser dentistry in Chattanooga, you can now enjoy less pain, less discomfort, less recession, less sensitivity, and much better and more predictable long-term results. Quite simply it is the highest standard of care available in the world for the treatment of periodontal disease. Now, with laser dentistry in Chattanooga, we can save teeth that have previously been deemed hopeless by naturally regenerating the bone around the tooth.

The Benefits of LANAP®

Basic Steps of the LANAP® Protocol

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A. Measurement of pockets. The first step of this laser treatment is to measure the depth of your periodontal pockets using a probe. This will tell us how deep the pockets are and how much loss of attachment has occurred.

B. Laser removes bacteria. Pulsed laser light is used to remove the diseased tissue from the pocket and kill bacteria that cause gum disease. Because the laser light is not absorbed in water, healthy tissue, root, or bone, this surgery is much less invasive and more comfortable for the patient.

C. Removal of calculus. Calculus is then removed from the root surface of the teeth. Tiny ultrasonic scalers remove the deposits of calculus that form underneath the gum line. The laser will not remove this by itself, but it will denature the calculus resulting in better removal with the ultrasonic.

D. Clot is formed. The laser is used a second time at the bottom of the pocket in order to stimulate the soft tissue, root, and bone. This also causes the blood to become sticky, forming a seal around the teeth. This creates a clean, closed, and stable environment for healing to begin.

E. Tissue compression. The tissue is recompressed against the root surface of the teeth, and no sutures are required.

F. Adjustment of bite. The doctor will adjust your bite to make sure that there is not a considerable amount of trauma on any of your teeth. Especially the ones that have bone loss.

FAQs About LANAP® Laser Dentistry In Chattanooga, TN

How Do Lasers Work in Dentistry?
All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. When used for “curing” a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth. When used in teeth whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth bleaching agents.
The PerioLase® MVP-7™ is the only laser that is FDA-cleared and has human histology research supporting its claims for the treatment of gum disease. This laser is also extremely selective in the tissue that it removes.
Typically, there is less pain, discomfort, and bleeding involved in laser dentistry. LANAP® is a prime example. Instead of having traditional gum surgery, we are able to treat your gums with the laser without all of the cutting and sutures that were previously needed. The laser allows us to eliminate the bacteria and diseased tissue without harming the healthy tissue. The result is less pain, less recession, and less discomfort!
In most cases, laser dentistry is about the same or is a little bit less expensive. Most dentists have a laser because it provides a better experience for the patient or it is a necessary tool for a procedure that they cannot do without a laser. All fees can be different from dentist to dentist. In most cases, the benefits far outweigh the cost.
If the dental laser is used according to accepted practices by a trained practitioner, then it is at least as safe as other dental instruments. However, just as you wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from prolonged exposure to the sun when your dentist performs a laser procedure, you will be asked to wear special eyeglasses to protect your eyes from the laser.
Ask your dentist questions about the extent of his or her laser education and training. Make sure that your dentist has participated in educational courses and received training from the manufacturer. Many dental schools, dental associations, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) offer dental laser education. The ALD is the profession’s independent source for current dental laser education and credentialing. Dr Suekert has been trained in using lasers in dentistry since 1991 and was certified and licensed with the Periolase for the LANAP protocol in 2009. He has been a certified laser trainer teaching other dentists in the safe use of lasers in dentistry.

More Dental Services in Chattanooga, TN

Scaling and Root Planing

Deep cleaning to address gum disease and restore your dental health. 

Tooth Extractions

Pain-free, efficient tooth removal only when it’s best for your long-term oral health. 

Occlusal Adjustment

Improve your biting alignment with occlusal adjustment from our experienced dentist.

Preventive Dentistry

Dental cleanings, fluoride application, and full preventative dental care to keep your smile in its best condition.

Family Dentist

Count on our family dentist to care for every member of your household’s smile.

Kids Dentist

Our compassionate kids’ dentist helps set your little one up for a lifetime of good oral health habits.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Comprehensive cosmetic dentistry services to help you improve your smile’s color, shape, and appearance.

Bruxism

Prevent worn tooth enamel and long-term damage with custom bruxism appliances.

Dental Bridge

Replace your missing tooth and complete your smile with a dental bridge restoration. 

Teeth Cleaning

Remove plaque buildup to prevent tooth decay and gum disease with regular dental cleanings.

Gum Disease

Halt gum disease in its tracks with comprehensive gum disease assessment and treatment. 

Tooth Crown

A custom tooth crown repairs tooth damage to restore the tooth’s integrity and look.

Emergency Dentist

Visit our emergency dental clinic to handle your knocked-out tooth, broken tooth, or any other urgent dental need.

TMJ

Treat your clicking, popping, painful jaw with professional TMJ treatment in Chattanooga.

Implant Supported Dentures

Say goodbye to slippery dentures with modern implant-supported dentures. 

Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a secure and long-lasting tooth replacement solution for one or more teeth

Sleep Apnea

Custom dental devices to address snoring and sleep apnea so you and your household can sleep better.

Veneers

Transform the look of your smile with custom veneer teeth and get the teeth you’ve always wanted.

What are our patients saying about us?

They are very friendly and welcoming and seem like a family at times. We get all of our cleanings and dental work done here. They are really good at estimating your cost after insurance so you know what procedures will cost you.

Tim B.
Tim B.
The dentist and staff are very calming. Always checking to make sure you aren’t feeling anything. The office staff is very friendly. My fear and dread of dental work my whole life is over. I feel very lucky to have picked this dentist office. I highly recommend them.
Kerry K.
Kerry K.
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