- April 3, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, PA – As a result of his use of the laser-assisted new attachment procedure, commonly referred to as LANAP, Philadelphia periodontist Dr. David DiGiallorenzo has identified what he considers to be the top five benefits of LANAP over traditional periodontal treatment.
DiGiallorenzo, who also is a Philadelphia dental implants specialist, has used LANAP in his practice since early 2009.
The benefits of LANAP that he has identified are as follows:
LANAP was developed by Dr. Robert H. Gregg and offers an alternative to treating gum disease with traditional scalpel and suture surgery. After a patient has been diagnosed with gum disease, the LANAP is used to gently pass between the gum line and the teeth to vaporize disease and leave healthy tissue in its place. LANAP uses a fiberoptic that is equivalent in size to about three human hairs. The process uses ultrasonic root debridement to clean root surfaces, followed by a different laser setting to clot the blood so the periodontist gets a good seal, thus eliminating the need to use sutures.
“That means no cutting, no stitches and very minimal tissue removal to reduce pocket depth,” DiGiallorenzo said. “This is a bone-building procedure that doesn’t require removing much gum tissue.”
Because of the less invasive nature of LANAP, recovery time is reduced and most patients who have the procedure performed at DiGiallorenzo’s Philadelphia periodontics practice require no time off work or other activities. Patients recovering from the procedure also experience less bleeding, fewer infections and quicker post-op time, he said.
A less invasive procedure also equates to less pain during treatment. Cutting into the gums requires administering a local anesthetic so that the doctor can peel back the gums and remove the plaque buildup from the teeth. The small laser makes it easier to get in between the gum and the teeth to accomplish the same thing, DiGiallorenzo said.
LANAP removes the infection that coincides with gum disease.
It seems there seldom is a time when a preferable procedure is cheaper than the traditional option, but that isn’t the case with LANAP, when patients consider the fact that they don’t have to spend as much time in the dental chair, said Gregg, the laser periodontal therapy developer.
If you would like to learn more about LANAP or you would like to schedule a free consultation one of the Philadelphia periodontists in DiGiallorenzo’s practice to determine if you are a candidate for non-surgical treatment, please call 610-228-4366 in Collegeville; 570-505-6908 in Williamsport; or visit Dr. DiGiallorenzo’s Web site: http://www.perioimplants.us/.
About Dr. David Digiallorenzo
Dr. David Digiallorenzo, or “Dr. D,” graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1993 and completed a specialty in periodontics and dental implantology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.
He is a past associate clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics. He teaches nationally and internationally and is a regular contributor to dental literature.
Dr. D’s private practice in suburban Philadelphia concentrates on periodontics, dental implantology, advanced reconstructive case management and TMJ treatment. It is a unique dental spa with two full-time massage therapists that specialize in reflexology, reiki, massage, aromatherapy and homeopathy. This combination creates a relaxed, optimal healing response.
Dr. D has two office locations: 184 W. Main St., Ste. 200, in Collegeville, PA; and 121 E. Fourth St. in Williamsport, PA.
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