LANAP® Laser Gum Therapy in Farmington, MI | Dr. Shlafer
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LANAP® Laser Therapy in Farmington Hills

Pain-Free Treatment for Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a serious oral infection resulting from bacteria found in plaque building up in your teeth and gums. Gum disease has major drawbacks for your smile and also increases your risk of serious health issues such as tooth loss, further infection, and even cardiovascular disease.

Treatment is necessary, but you may feel intimidated by the surgical process. In the past, periodontal treatment involved drills and scalpels, the destruction of healthy tissue, and long healing times. Fortunately, dental technology has advanced and at the office of Dr. Roman Shlafer, we offer LANAP laser therapy for periodontal treatment.

What is LANAP?

LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. The main difference between LANAP laser therapy and traditional surgical periodontal treatment is that a laser replaces the usual tools. We use the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser, the only FDA-approved laser for gum disease treatment.

Benefits of LANAP

LANAP laser treatment offers several benefits that traditional gum surgery can't match, including:

  • No scapels or stitching
  • Significantly reduced chance of infection
  • Minimal pain/discomfort
  • Preserves your healthy tissue
  • Stimulates gum regeneration
  • Short treatment time
  • Fast recovery
  • Long-lasting results

How Does LANAP Treatment Work?

  1. Before you can receive LANAP laser therapy, you’ll need to undergo a consultation with Dr. Shalfer. Dr. Shalfer will use this time to thoroughly examine your mouth and review your medical history to evaluate your level of oral health. He’ll also discuss your budget and your oral health goals with you to determine if LANAP is a good treatment option for you.
  2. When you return for treatment, we’ll begin by cleaning out your mouth and applying a local anesthetic. Laser therapy can sometimes eliminate pain by cauterizing nerve endings in the tissue it targets, but we use an anesthetic to eliminate any residual pain.
  3. Once we’ve ensured that your anesthetic is working, Dr. Shlafer will measure the depth of the pockets in your gums.
  4. Then, he’ll use the PerioLase MVP-7 to remove bacteria and diseased tissue from your gums.
  5. Once this is complete, Dr. Shlafer will use the laser again to form a blood clot, reattaching your gums to your teeth for minimal bleeding and a faster healing process. This will also stimulate the growth of healthy tissue to restore your gums.
  6. Depending on the severity of your case, Dr. Shlafer may have you return for more sessions. Once treatment is completely finished, your infection will be gone and your gums will be in much better condition.
Frequently Asked Questions

When performed by a trained professional like Dr. Shlafer, laser therapy with the PerioLase MVP-7 is safe, effective, and almost completely painless. That’s why we highly recommend laser treatment for periodontal disease.
If you suffer from moderate to severe periodontal disease, you’re likely to be a good candidate for LANAP laser therapy. Patients who suffer from bleeding disorders or feel fear around cutting or drilling instruments can especially benefit from LANAP.

There are very few limitations on who can receive laser therapy for periodontal treatment. If there are any possible medical limitations that could disqualify you, Dr. Shlafer will be sure to review and discuss them with you before any procedure takes place.
Every patient is different so healing time frames can vary. Some patients recover in as little as 24 hours. You should still expect a full recovery in less time than traditional surgical periodontal treatment. Be sure to follow all of the post-op care instructions provided by Dr. Shlafer and his team.
Every patient is different so healing time frames can vary. Some patients recover in as little as 24 hours. You should still expect a full recovery in less time than traditional surgical periodontal treatment. Be sure to follow all of the post-op care instructions provided by Dr. Shlafer and his team.
The cost of your LANAP laser treatment will vary based on factors such as the severity of your case, the number of visits you require, and your insurance coverage. We strongly recommend you call your insurance provider beforehand and ask them if they can cover some or all of the cost of your procedure. We also offer free consultations and financing options to help make your treatment more affordable.

LANAP: Less Invasive Procedures, Superior Results

If you have gum disease and are looking for a minimally invasive treatment, LANAP could be the solution you've been waiting for. Offering a combination of minimal pain and maximum convenience, it's no surprise that this procedure continues to grow in popularity.

To schedule your free consultation at our Farmington, MI office, give us a call at (248) 781-0040. You can also schedule your visit online and a friendly team member will get back to you shortly.

Our Happy Patients

"Dr. Shlafer became my dentist 2 years ago when my fiance at the time recommended I use his dentist. From the initial consultation, I knew Dr Shlafer would be my long term dentist. Dr Shalfer and his team were very thorough which showed that they truly cared about my dental health. I highly recommend Dr. Shlafer."

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"The staff here is stellar. I've been going here for years now and have never had a bad experience. The women at the desk greet everyone by name, and the doctor remembers everything you tell him about yourself. Everyone here knows what they're doing, a trip here is never a hassle, and they'll always keep your best interest in mind."

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"Dr. Shlafer and staff are absolutely fabulous. So incredibly friendly and accommodating and Dr. is so gentle and very comforting. The office atmosphere is very relaxing as well!"

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