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.
Staff was professional. COVID protocols were followed. MY extraction process was virtually painless. And, an unexpected follow-up call from the doctor later in the evening - Very Nice!
R Blake Smith
October 5, 2021.
by far the SEXIEST Dentist I’ve ever seen, oh and by far one of the best I’ve ever had to work in my mouth …
September 30, 2021.
been going there for over 20 years and its always great!
September 22, 2021.
Dr Weir and his entire office is the BEST.
Friendly, knowellable, and very concerned to may your vist pain free and I would say fun but no denist visit is fun. If you have to go you can't go wrong with James Island Dental Associates.
September 15, 2021.
Dr James Thomas and all of the staff here are the BEST! They’re professional, gentle and Dr. Thomas does the best work, costs are reasonable and they even make me laugh! I’d recommend them to anyone!!
J. Nichole Cottingham
September 10, 2021.
The staff here are very friendly and do great work. From calling to schedule to the time my dental work is done, they are professional and competent. They are willing to work with my fear and help me to feel less stressed at my visits. I literally would not go anywhere else.
August 26, 2021.
I love going to the dentist! Professional and friendly staff. They answer all your questions and put you at ease.
August 25, 2021.
My teeth have been wonderfully cared for since I arrived in Charleston in 1996. Everyone from the front of office back are kind, considerate, and helpful. Thanks for all the good work you’ve done for me Sandy and Dr. Weir! My teeth are the better for it!
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 provides 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.