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Laser Periodontal Therapy and Periodontal Disease

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Periodontal (gum) Disease and been told that you need to have surgery, there is a Less Invasive, Less Painful Alternative – Laser Periodontal Treatment - LANAP

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No Cut, No Sew, No Fear


Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Dr. Boretsky and his hygiene staff will evaluate you for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket, they cause infection and damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth!

If Periodontal Disease is caught in its earliest stage, Gingivitis and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings.

If your Periodontal Disease has progressed to a more advanced stage, where the infection has caused bone loss and diseased pockets have formed, Dr. Boretsky will discuss with you your treatment options including:

  • Scaling and Root Planing
  • Osseous (bone) Surgery
  • Laser Periodontal (gum) Therapy
    Of the three choices you have to treat your disease Dr. Boretsky most often recommends Laser Periodontal Therapy utilizing the Periolase dental laser. This revolutionary laser treatment is the ONLY FDA cleared protocol for regaining new tissue (gum) attachment and bone around your teeth.

The LPT Procedure

Dr. Boretsky will schedule a comprehensive periodontal examination to explain how the laser works and give you a demonstration. Next, Dr. Boretsky will take X-rays to make a definitive diagnosis and determine the extent of the infection and review various treatment options. If laser therapy is indicated, when you return for your first LPT treatment, you'll receive a local anesthetic to eliminate any possible discomfort. A general anesthetic isn't necessary, because LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY is much less traumatic than traditional gum surgery. A tiny laser fiber (about the thickness of three hairs) is placed between the tooth and the gum, and the infection is cleared away. The procedure is fast: It takes just two 2-hour sessions. Dr. Boretsky will treat one half of your mouth at each session.

Laser Periodontal Therapy with Dr. Boretsky
A. A deep periodontal pocket, with loss of bone, and tartar on the root surface is determined to be present.
B. The laser selectively removes the infected gum tissue that lines the pocket wall, removing unhealthy tissue that lines the pocket for improved access to the pocket and the root surface.
C. Tartar and other debris is removed from the root surface, and rinsed out of the pocket.
D. The laser is used again to kill any bacteria or toxins that remain on the root surface or in the gum tissue, completely disinfecting the area.
E. The gum tissue is readapted back to the root surface and is seated to the root surface with a dense fibrin clot. We have a very small, sterile wound area that is now sealed shut.
F The bite is adjusted to eliminate any trauma to the tooth, and to balance out the chewing forces throughout the region.
G. Complete heating results in pocket depth reduction through reattachment of the gum tissue and connective tissue back to the root surface.

WHY IS LPT better?

LPTLaser Periodontal Treatment is about as easy as erasing a blackboard — there’s no cutting, no scraping and no suturing. Compared to traditional gum surgery, There is much less discomfort with LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY.

It takes less time than traditional surgery. All it takes is two 2-hour visits to the dentist and two follow up visits. Traditional surgery requires four sessions of about one hour each, with subsequent visits for suture removal and additional check-ups.

LPT gives better, longer-lasting results. In fact, 98% of LPT treated patients remain stable after five years, while only 50% reportedly remain stable after surgery.
Dr. Boretsky will probably recommend a soft diet for a day or two, and common sense should prevail, but in most cases, patients feel good enough to eat anything they want right after the procedure.

Following traditional surgery, recovery can take between to 2-4 weeks and during this time, patients can experience considerable pain, swelling, or bleeding and may also be restricted to liquid or soft diets. There is less than 24 hour recovery period, for LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY so you may not lose time from work. It is safe for patients with certain health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as Coumadin or Cyclosporin.

No cut, no sew, no fear

Do all dentists have the Periolase Laser?

No. Dr. Boretsky is one of the first periodontists in the State of Georgia to utilize this laser, the only periodontist in the city of Columbus, and one of only 100 periodontists in the world willing to invest in this 21st Century Technology. Dr. Boretsky has completed advanced training in the use of the Periolase and is licensed to perform the LANAP, Laser Periodontal Therapy and has received his Laser certification from the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry under the guidance of Dr. Robert Greg and Dr. Del McCarthy, co-inventors of the Periolase and co-developers of the LANAP protocol.

What exactly is Laser Periodontal (gum) Therapy?

Laser Periodontal Treatment is called LANAP or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, and replaces the old traditional treatment of cutting away of the gums and the old fashioned bone surgery with its scalpels, sutures, blood and pain.

The Periolase Laser removes only the diseased tissue and leaves healthy tissue unharmed. The technique involves two passes with the laser, with comprehensive ultrasonic cleaning of the pockets completed between the 2 laser passes. Dr. Boretsky will also adjust your bite at each appointment, a vital step in assuring proper healing.

How much pain will I have?

There will be NO pain during the surgery. You will be completely numb and we can also use an oral anxiolytic to help you relax. There is very little post treatment pain as there is with traditional surgery because the laser promotes the body's natural healing process. Patients who have had the LANAP laser gum surgery experience very little discomfort following the procedure and most often only have to take Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to feel comfortable.

How many appointments does it take?

We try to complete the treatment in two appointments which are scheduled two weeks apart. This is the best way to get rid of the pathogenic bacteria that cause periodontal disease and keep it from spreading to other areas of the mouth.

What exactly happens to my diseased pockets?

You can expect to have NEW gum attachment and bone formation in most of your pockets. This Laser LANAP Therapy is the only FDA cleared laser procedure that will actually give this result. Most Dentists treating gum disease with only "soft tissue management" and Scaling and Root Planing will only see REPAIRED attachment, which is far inferior to new gum and bone formation as seen with the Laser Periodontal Therapy.

Is the Laser Periodontal Therapy a Cure for my Disease?

No. There is no cure for moderate to severe periodontitis. The good news is that we can now treat it very effectively with the Periolase Laser LANAP therapy. Just like so many other diseases such as Diabetes, for which there is no cure, periodontal disease can be successfully treated to allow you live with the disease under control.

I have seen other dentist adds for laser gum treatments. Are they the same thing?

If the dentist is not using the Periolase laser and following the LANAP protocol the answer is NO! The FDA has only cleared the Periolase Laser and LANAP to be utilized for this protocol. Only dentists who have been trained and licensed for the Periolase LANAP therapy can claim to treat your gums with new attachment and bone formation.

There are other lasers (diode, and erbium lasers) which can be used to treat minor gum problems but these laser procedures have NO FDA cleared research to show new attachment or new bone formation after treatment!


Periolase in Columbus GAThe PerioLase® from Millennium Dental Technologies is the only laser designed especially for LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY™. (LANAP) A powerful 6 watt FR (Free Running) Nd:YAG (Neodymium: Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) laser with the unique features necessary to perform LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY™ and all other soft tissue procedures. The founding clinicians of Millennium Dental Technologies, Robert H. Gregg, II, D.D.S. and Delwin K. McCarthy, D.D.S., have combined their talents, knowledge and expertise to perfect a powerful laser with the unique features and capabilities needed to quickly and effectively perform LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY (LANAP) as well as all other soft tissue laser procedures.

Designed to optimize the performance of LPT, the PerioLase® has the power and versatility to perform a wide range of soft and hard tissue laser procedures, allowing the dentist to provide a full complement of new soft and hard tissue laser treatment options for their patients.

This is proven technology and FDA approved. The PerioLase® is the latest generation of dentistry's first pulsed Nd:YAG laser and the world's most widely used dental laser platform. It's the first laser in dentistry to incorporate DIGITAL technology for enhanced performance and reliability.

Laser ANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)

Cementum-mediated new periodontal ligament attachment to the root surface in the absence of long junctional epithelium is a patented, bold breakthrough technique for dentists to treat periodontal disease in a general or periodontal practice setting. It offers our patients a significantly less traumatic alternative to traditional periodontal (gum) surgery.


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