Laser Periodontal Therapy

Dr. Tetzner is the only dentist or periodontist to provide the LANAP procedure in Kent and Sussex Counties, Delaware.

Dr. Tetzner uses 2 types of lasers for the treatment of oral disease and other oral conditions. The most well know therapy receiving  FDA approval is the LANAP protocol for treatment of gum disease called periodontitis around teeth and peri-implantitis around dental implants.

The LANAP protocol is a comprehensive approach to treating gum disease around teeth and dental implants using the Millennium PerioLase MVP-7, a free-running pulsed Nd:YAG laser requiring specific knowledge and skills drawn from the whole of dentistry. It is the only FDA approved procedure for treating periodontitis and for regeneration of lost bone. The LANAP protocol targets the diseased tissue, leaving healthy tissue  intact, while maintaining the height of the tissue and a closure of the periodontal pocket wound. This allow healing to take place while minimizing pain and discomfort to the patient. This means less pain, less bleeding, less swelling, no stitches, less down time and less recovery-time dramatically.

Another laser Dr. Tetzner uses is an Erbium: YAG laser  used for frenectomies and soft tissue reduction. Lasers can also be used to treat cold sores and removed vascular growths on the lips.

Safe and Effective Gum Tissue Restoration

From the simplest of procedures to the most complex, we are dedicated to your comfort. Our goal is to offer a wide array of gentle treatments that promote healthy teeth and gums in a way that feels good for you, our patient.

What is PerioLase LANAP?

PerioLase Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is the latest technology used by your dentist for safe and effective gum tissue restoration and periodontal tissue therapy. In 2004, PerioLase received FDA approval, becoming the only approved dental laser on the market at the time.

Differing greatly from traditional periodontal surgery, PerioLase creates a sterile and stable environment where bone and tissue are able to grow back together. If you have periodontitis, you know that your gums (or connective tissue) pull away from the tooth, creating pockets. The pockets become deeper as the disease progresses, causing bone loss.

Traditional perio-therapy involves your doctor scraping out the inside of the pockets, trying to avoid bone loss since the infected bone will no longer grow back. Using PerioLase, your dentist is able to create an environment where your body can regenerate itself. Your gums will reattach to the tooth; in fact, it is proven that PerioLase is the only laser to have a 100% success rate in tissue reconstruction. 

How does PerioLase work to improve the health of my smile?

Before your dentist begins your LANAP procedure, your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, removing any tartar in an effort to make the tissue as healthy as possible. During your treatment, your dentist uses the PerioLase laser to find any diseased tissue in the pockets created from periodontitis. The laser kills pathogens (the bacteria causing the disease) without harming the good cells. 

What is recovery from PerioLase treatment like?

Following your procedure, you will experience less swelling or bleeding, and more comfort than with traditional periodontitis surgery. Recovery time is also faster, getting you back to your daily activities sooner. LANAP provides a pleasant dental experience and better outcomes than any other conventional periodontal surgery.

How do I know if PerioLase is right for me?

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you are most likely a candidate for PerioLase. PerioLase is also a safe alternative to conventional surgery for those who suffer from other health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, or for those who might be pregnant. PerioLase may be recommended if you have had periodontal treatment in the past and are experiencing symptoms again. Once you have had gum disease, it is common to have a relapse. Consider PerioLase as a safe alternative to traditional periodontal surgery, and ask your dentist if PerioLase LANAP is the best option for you.