LANAP FAQs

How are lasers used for gum disease treatment in your NYC office?

I am a board certified periodontist who regularly reviews and interprets the international periodontal and implant research in order to provide the most educated recommendations to my patients.  I use lasers to perform a variety of procedures. For gum disease and periodontitis, I utilize LANAP (laser assisted new attachment procedure) protocol in conjunction with a microscope.

The most effective treatment of periodontal disease must incorporate a method of thoroughly cleaning the roots of teeth of bacteria (plaque /tartar).  Research shows that after traditional scaling and root planning, a large percentage of tartar remains.  The highest level of care can be delivered when using a microscope, as vision and illumination are maximized.  More tartar can be removed, resulting in a greater resolution of gum/periodontal disease.

The periolase mvp-7 laser can remove diseased, infected tissue while sparing healthy tissue.  It is extremely difficult to save healthy tissue when utilizing a surgical scalpel so more recession is incurred with traditional surgery.  Microscope assisted laser treatment can disinfect the treatment site and promote regeneration of connective tissue and bone, structures which support your teeth.  With traditional care regeneration of bone requires a surgical procedure.  In my practice, microsurgical procedures result in little to no pain.   However, if the same result can be accomplished using the even less invasive approach of laser treatment with no surgery, I would recommend the laser for gum/ periodontal disease treatment.

Why do you use the PerioLase® MVP-7™ Laser?

The claims made by this FDA-approved device are backed by well-designed studies showing human histology.  The laser allows for a minimally invasive technique that is gentler and less painful than traditional methods of treatment.

Does laser dentistry hurt?

Laser dentistry is gentle and minimally invasive. For example, laser gum disease treatment in NYC with Dr. Kissel is less painful and causes patients less anxiety than traditional gum disease treatment because there are no incisions. The laser removes only bacteria and nothing else in the process, which means less pain, less bleeding, and no strong pain medication.

Is laser gum disease treatment in NYC expensive?

Laser treatment fees at my NYC office are similar to surgical fees.  Often LANAP restores periodontal health, eliminating the need for additional procedures.  After laser treatment you can immediately return to play or work so the quality of your life is not impacted.

Is laser dentistry safe?

Yes, laser dentistry is very safe when used according to prescribed practices. Dr. Kissel performs FDA-cleared laser dentistry procedures using the FDA-cleared PerioLase® MVP-7™ which is fully-backed by medical research and human histological studies. Patients just need to wear protective glasses during a laser gum disease treatment to shield the eyes – the same way sunglasses protect the eyes from harmful sun rays.

How do I know if my doctor is well-trained and qualified to do laser gum disease treatment in NYC?

Ask to see your doctor’s credentials. A periodontist who performs laser dentistry should have documentation to show he or she has had the necessary training and certifications to provide laser gum disease treatment in NYC. Certification from the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) and training from the laser manufacturer are reputable examples.

Am I a good candidate for laser gum disease treatment in NYC? 

The only way to know for sure if laser dentistry is right for you is to have a consultation for gum disease treatment in NYC with Dr. Kissel.