High-tech solutions to help treat periodontal disease more comfortably and efficiently than ever before.
If you are experiencing the signs of early gum disease or it’s been a while since your last check-up, don’t hesitate to call 843-762-1234 and schedule an appointment.
LANAP Laser Procedures James Island & Charleston
One of our goals at James Island Dental Associates is to keep every procedure as comfortable and efficient for our patients as possible. We recognize that popular media often cracks jokes about dentistry being uncomfortable or unpleasant, and this is unfortunate. The reality is that new technologies and techniques are constantly being developed that make getting the dental care you need to stay healthy much more comfortable than in the past.
LANAP (laser assisted new attachment procedure) is a new way to treat periodontal disease that avoids the need for surgery with a scalpel or sutures. With LANAP, you can have periodontal treatment done and return to work the next day.
Dr. Weir is the first dentist in South Carolina to be trained and licensed in the LANAP procedure. LANAP is an FDA-approved treatment for moderate to severe gum disease and has been used successfully by Dr. Weir for many years.
Why Do We Choose LANAP for Our Patients?
Performing periodontal treatments with a laser offers a number of advantages over conventional surgical methods, including:
Less risk of bleeding both during and after the procedure
Greater comfort during the procedure and while healing
More precision to prevent unnecessary loss of healthy tissue
Faster rate of healing following the procedure
Shorter treatment times than with conventional surgery, often less than 24 hours
No scalpels or suturing is necessary
Results last longer
Why We Treat Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a serious, chronic health condition. This infection begins as mild gingivitis and often initially has no signs or symptoms. As the condition progresses, you may experience bad breath and bleeding when you brush and floss. In these early stages, gum disease can be reversed with changes to your home care routine.
Without treatment, however, gum disease progresses into periodontitis. In this stage, serious damage can occur to the soft gum tissue as well as the underlying bone structure that holds your teeth securely in place. Gum disease is not just a concern for the appearance of your mouth. Recent research has linked gum disease to a range of serious health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some types of cancers, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Pregnant women with periodontal disease are more likely to give birth to underweight babies.
At James Island Dental Associates, we take your health very seriously, and that’s why we offer top-of-the-line treatments for periodontal disease, including LANAP.
She's super diligent & a cool person. Great combination!
June 15, 2023.
Excellent friendly and knowledgable staff and they did a terrific job on my dental cleaning.
February 14, 2023.
I met Dr. Weir as a professor at MUSC dental school. I went to his office for a general visit after bone grafts. He preformed the most through dental/ mouth exam I have ever had in my life. He is kind and empathetic to me and always allows my emotions to flow. He is always up on state of the art in dentistry. He is professional, has integrity, and kind. He preforms dental implants and laser gum surgery. Check him out!
January 13, 2023.
Their dental hygienist, Kit, went above and beyond to help make my toddler feel more comfortable. My daughter had a previously negative experience, and Kit really took the time to help her feel comfortable and involved in the process. 5 stars for Kit!
August 29, 2022.
Really like this dental practice. Everyone is friendly, helpful, & concerned for patient comfort. They get you in without months of waiting for an appointment. The service is prompt. I never feel as if the work is hurried or rushed. Finally, the dentists don't try to sell you procedures you don't need. I came to this practice because of a dentist who tried to sell me crowns I didn't need. Love this group.
August 29, 2022.
This office is so great that I actually like going
August 19, 2022.
My husband, children, and I have been coming to this dentistry practice for over 20 years. We've never been tempted to go elsewhere.
August 15, 2022.
I had a root canal done with Dr.Thomas.
It was almost painless,honestly!!
This dental practice is TOP NOTCH!
August 10, 2022.
What a great experience.
August 10, 2022.
Going to the dentist isn’t one of my favorite activities but this office always makes it pleasant. Kit does a great job and puts me at ease.
Periodontal disease can wreak havoc in your mouth, damaging your gum tissue and your periodontal bone. In some cases, bone loss around teeth can be moderate to severe. When there is an excess of unhealthy, infected gum tissue, we recommend periodontal laser surgery (or LANAP).
Before performing the treatment, we first numb you so the procedure is not uncomfortable. Next, your mouth is charted to determine the extent of the bone loss. The Periolase laser is then passed along each infected tooth to remove the diseased tissue.
After the first pass of the laser, your teeth are professionally scaled and cleaned. The laser is then passed along the teeth and as it is pulled out of the deep pocket, it forms a special clot. The clot acts as a barrier so bacteria and debris do not reenter the pocket.
What to Expect After Laser Surgery
After the procedure, there is minimal discomfort. A soft diet is recommended while healing occurs.
The laser allows us to perform this treatment much more precisely and with a lower risk of side effects such as bleeding than conventional surgery with a scalpel. Healing times are often greatly reduced and sutures are usually not needed. If we feel you would benefit from laser surgery for periodontal disease, we’ll discuss your options with you!
James Island Dental Associates and Johns Island Dental Associates provide general dentistry, family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry along with the most advanced dental technology. We service Charleston, James Island, Johns Island, West Ashley for all your dental care needs.