"For years patients would want to treat their gum disease" says Dr. Scharf, "but with one caveat. They would always say 'Do not cut my gums.' It's a pleasure to be able to offer a treatment that is effective that does not involve scalpels, stitches and gum flaps."
Dr. Scharf a Board Certified Long Island Periodontist was the first Long Island Periodontist certified in the FDA laser procedure called LANAP which is a acronym for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. LANAP takes the principles necessary for periodontal regeneration and accomplishes them with a laser, rather than scalpels and sutures. LANAP can only be performed with an Nd:YAG laser with specific settings and procedures as discovered by Millenium Dental technologies in Cerritos California.
People who need to treat gum disease on Long Island will have several steps. First, the gum tissue is gently numbed with a local anesthetic. The first pass of the laser into the periodontal pocket is designed to remove the diseased tissue lining the periodontal pocket. The laser is so specific that it removes the diseased tissue but leaves the healthy tissue undisturbed. It also kills the harmful bacteria in the pocket that causes gum disease in Long Island residents. In the next step specialized instruments are used to gently remove the harmful tartar from the roots of the teeth. Then there is another pass of the laser into the pocket. This pass seals the pocket by creating a stable clot. New cells that will contribute to periodontal regeneration will use this clot as a scaffold to rebuild the bone and gum tissue that has been destroyed by the Long Island gum disease. Finally the bite is adjusted when necessary to reduce excessive forces that contribute to gum disease and inhibit healing. There are none of the stitches or packing typically associated with gum surgery on Long Island.
One of the major advantages of the laser is that it penetrates the tissue and tooth structure. Some of the germs that cause gum disease and bleeding gums Long Island can penetrate the tissue and tooth where they are not accessible with cut and stitch gum surgery. In addition patients who have the laser treatment report virtually no discomfort or swelling after treatment. LANAP has been proven to regrow the bone and gum tissue lost to periodontal disease. Most patients just appreciate that it is such a faster and less invasive method to treat Long Island periodontist disease.
There are approximately 1000 dentists in the United States certified to perform LANAP. Long Island Periodontist Scharf has established a special web site to educate people about laser periodontal treatment and offers a free report and DVD discussing all the methods to treat gum disease on Long Island and the pros and cons of each so that patients can make their own decision what is best for them. Patients considering gum surgery on Long Island from a Long Island Periodontist should learn about LANAP and how it may help them. http://www.dontcutmygums.com
This video animation shows the steps of LANAP
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Dr. David Scharf is a Board Certified Periodontist, and a Clinical Assistant Professor in Periodontics and Dental Implants. He was the first Long Island Periodontist certified in laser periodontal therapy. Dr. Scharf was voted "Best Dentist on Long Island" in 2010 and 2011 by the Long Island Press. Dr. Scharf is Long Island's first choice for dental implants and healthy gums without surgery. He maintains a practice in Babylon Village NY and can be reached at (631)661-6633. http://DrScharf.com