Laser Periodontal Procedures

Another recent development in periodontal treatment is the use of certain types of Lasers to painlessly and non-surgically remove excess tissues (such as overgrown gum tissues or the muscular frenum attachments between the lips and the gums) and other types to regenerate lost tissue due to periodontal disease. Utilizing the body’s own natural ability to “heal itself”, Dr. Hisham Nasr and Dr. A. Margarita Sáenz utilize the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP™). Performed without a scalpel and sutures, LANAP™ creates an environment for regeneration of the tissues around your teeth (gum, bone, cementum, ligament) that are lost due to periodontal disease.

The laser therapy works by targeting only diseased gum, which is discerned by the color. Diseased gums are darker than healthy gums. The laser is then used to agitate the healthy tissue, encouraging it to reattach to the bone. Because of the regrowth of this connective tissue, there is also a much lower chance of gum disease returning than with traditional surgery.

Due to the ability of the laser to target and remove only diseased tissue, Drs. Nasr and Sáenz are able to help restore you to health with no post-operative pain and fewer side effects and risks than traditional surgery. This is in conjunction with a detailed homecare program that is described below.

LANAP™ Post-Operative Instructions

  • Anti-microbial rinses and antibiotic medications may be prescribed for you. Take any prescribed medications according to directions and continue taking until all meds are gone.
  • Reduce physical activity for several hours following surgery.
  • Periodontal laser procedures usually result in little or no discomfort following surgery.
  • For the first 24 hour period immediately following surgery, take two (2) Advil or Motrin (Ibuprofen) every 4-6 hours even if you do not have any pain.
  • For the first 24 hour period immediately following surgery, stay on a liquid diet only. For the following 3-7 days after surgery, a soft diet is recommended. Try to eat soft but nutritious foods such as eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, malts, ice cream, etc. Stay away from spicy and “chippy” foods. It is also important to maintain good fluid intake during this period.
  • Carefully avoid chewing food in the areas of the mouth where the laser has been used for at least one week following surgery. One of the most important results of laser surgery is the blood clots that form following surgery. It is extremely important not to dislodge the tiny blood clots that form in and around the gums.
  • Do not be alarmed with any color changes or appearance of tissues following laser therapy. Tissues can be gray, yellow, red, blue, purple, “stringy” and reflect normal response to laser treatments.
  • It is OK to spit, rinse, and wash your mouth today.  Rinse as directed with Peridex or Periogard morning and night.  In between, it is OK to rinse gently every three (3) hours with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8oz. glass of warm water). Do not brush or floss your teeth until instructed to do so (see Treatment and Home Care sequence sheet).
  • Try to keep your mouth as clean as possible in order to help the healing process.  Brush, floss, and follow other home care measures in all the areas of your mouth except for the surgery area.
  • Do not apply excessive tongue or cheek pressure to the surgery area.

Do not be alarmed if one of the following occurs:

  • Light bleeding
  • Slight swelling
  • Some soreness, tenderness, or tooth sensitivity
  • Medicinal taste, from Peridex or Periogard

Please call the office at Metairie Office Phone Number 504 831-0800 if you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Prolonged or severe pain
  • Prolonged or excessive bleeding
  • Considerably elevated or persistent temperature

Do not be alarmed that beginning within two weeks after therapy and extending as long as one year or more, the teeth may become sore, tender, or sensitive as the bone and ligaments around the teeth regenerate and become more firm.  This is a sign of healing, but may also indicate the presence of a bite imbalance that may need to be adjusted.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us at Metairie Office Phone Number 504 831-0800!

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5 out of 5 stars based on 9 Periodontal Laser Procedure reviews.

Patient Review

Highly recommend them

- Leah

5 out of 5 stars on
Procedure
Periodontal Laser Procedure
Did You Have a Scheduled Appointment?
Yes
Will You Return For Additional Care If Needed?
Yes
Would You Recommend Us To A Friend?
Yes
Courtesy / Friendliness Shown To You By Our Staff Over The Phone:
Receptionist very helpful and able to answer my questions
Ease Of Scheduling Your Appointment With Our Office:
Very easy and was able to work with my work schedule
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Very short
Overall Staff Rating:
Rating: 5
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Rating: 5

Patient Review

Overall experience was well worth it. Very pleased with my procedure and staff.

- Anonymous

5 out of 5 stars on
Procedure
Periodontal Laser Procedure
Did You Have a Scheduled Appointment?
Yes
Will You Return For Additional Care If Needed?
Yes
Would You Recommend Us To A Friend?
Yes
Courtesy / Friendliness Shown To You By Our Staff Over The Phone:
Staff is very kind
Ease Of Scheduling Your Appointment With Our Office:
Scheduling is very open to my time
Waiting Time:
Very little
Overall Staff Rating:
Rating: 5
Friendly, caring, professional
Overall Doctor Rating:
Rating: 5
Knowledgeable, kind, caring

Patient Review

I can't say enough about how good my expense was, keep up the good work!

- Denise P

5 out of 5 stars on
Procedure
Periodontal Laser Procedure
Did You Have a Scheduled Appointment?
Yes
Will You Return For Additional Care If Needed?
Yes
Would You Recommend Us To A Friend?
Yes
Courtesy / Friendliness Shown To You By Our Staff Over The Phone:
Wonderful
Ease Of Scheduling Your Appointment With Our Office:
Extremely easy
Waiting Time:
I've never waited more than 10 min and sometimes didn't wait at all
Overall Staff Rating:
Rating: 5
Friendly, efficient, wonderful
Overall Doctor Rating:
Rating: 5
Great hands, my gums never hurt, friendly and competent

Patient Review

Staff and Doctors are professional and caring

- Gail W

5 out of 5 stars on
Procedure
Periodontal Laser Procedure
Did You Have a Scheduled Appointment?
Yes
Will You Return For Additional Care If Needed?
Yes
Would You Recommend Us To A Friend?
Yes
Courtesy / Friendliness Shown To You By Our Staff Over The Phone:
Good and friendly
Ease Of Scheduling Your Appointment With Our Office:
Good and very easy
Waiting Time:
No time at all
Overall Staff Rating:
Rating: 5
Overall Doctor Rating:
Rating: 5

Patient Review

These folks saved my teeth.

- Robert A

5 out of 5 stars on
Procedure
Periodontal Laser Procedure
Did You Have a Scheduled Appointment?
Yes
Will You Return For Additional Care If Needed?
Yes
Would You Recommend Us To A Friend?
Yes
Courtesy / Friendliness Shown To You By Our Staff Over The Phone:
Excellent phone skills
Ease Of Scheduling Your Appointment With Our Office:
No problem
Waiting Time:
Maybe 5 minutes
Overall Staff Rating:
Rating: 5
Overall Doctor Rating:
Rating: 5

Patient Review

Procedure was very easy and there was no pain after leaving the office. Dr. Saenz is excellent and thorough. She explains everything before starting and the office follows up and checks on your recovery.

- Gary L

5 out of 5 stars on
Procedure
Periodontal Laser Procedure
Did You Have a Scheduled Appointment?
Yes
Will You Return For Additional Care If Needed?
Yes
Would You Recommend Us To A Friend?
Yes
Courtesy / Friendliness Shown To You By Our Staff Over The Phone:
Excellent office, 5 stars always friendly and caring.
Ease Of Scheduling Your Appointment With Our Office:
Excellent
Waiting Time:
Very little waiting time
Overall Staff Rating:
Rating: 5
Everyone in the office does a wonderful job
Overall Doctor Rating:
Rating: 5
Dr. Saenz is the best

Patient Review

Good experience

- Mary

4 out of 5 stars on
Procedure
Periodontal Laser Procedure
Did You Have a Scheduled Appointment?
Yes
Will You Return For Additional Care If Needed?
Yes
Courtesy / Friendliness Shown To You By Our Staff Over The Phone:
Very good
Ease Of Scheduling Your Appointment With Our Office:
Very good
Waiting Time:
Not long
Overall Staff Rating:
Rating: 0
Very very good
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Rating: 0
Excellent

Patient Review

I've always had red gums and behind my teeth were was ruff and gritty, now after my procedure with Dr Saenz I have pink healthy gums and smooth behind my teeth when I rub my tongue. Very satisfied with my produce

- Shelia L

5 out of 5 stars on
Procedure
Periodontal Laser Procedure
Did You Have a Scheduled Appointment?
Yes
Will You Return For Additional Care If Needed?
Yes
Would You Recommend Us To A Friend?
Yes
Courtesy / Friendliness Shown To You By Our Staff Over The Phone:
Everybody has been helpful,kind
Ease Of Scheduling Your Appointment With Our Office:
Very easy
Waiting Time:
None
Overall Staff Rating:
Rating: 5
Overall Doctor Rating:
Rating: 5

Patient Review

Everyone is Very polite. Dr. Saenz knows what she's doing and the office staff is very lovely!

- Julia A

5 out of 5 stars on
Procedure
Periodontal Laser Procedure
Did You Have a Scheduled Appointment?
Yes
Will You Return For Additional Care If Needed?
Yes
Would You Recommend Us To A Friend?
Yes
Courtesy / Friendliness Shown To You By Our Staff Over The Phone:
Yes
Ease Of Scheduling Your Appointment With Our Office:
Very
Waiting Time:
Not bad at all
Overall Staff Rating:
Rating: 5
Overall Doctor Rating:
Rating: 5