New FDA Approved Laser Treatment For Gum Disease Available in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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No scalpel incisions, no stitches, and great results are all features of the FDA approved Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) being provided by Kenneth A. Peavy, D.M.D., M.H.S., a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Peavy is celebrating his 25th year in practice and his fourth year providing the new laser alternative to treat gum disease.

No scalpels, no sutures, no bleeding,and happy patients!

While gum disease is one of the most common infections in the world and can lead to pain and tooth loss, many people avoid treatment because the reputation of traditional scalpel surgery. Traditional surgery is usually painful for a week or two after surgery, requires sutures, can lead to gum tissue recession, and often causes tooth sensitivity. “Fear of pain is a major barrier to treatment,” says Dr. Peavy and I was looking for alternatives when I was introduced to this new therapy approach.

FDA clearance for LANAP® using the PerioLase® MVP-7™ variable pulsed Nd:YAG dental laser followed three years of research at Louisiana State University, School of Dentistry, New Orleans, by principal investigator, Professor Raymond A. Yukna, DMD, MS, and coordinator of post-graduate periodontics at LSU. Professor Yukna led a controlled, blinded, clinical and human histology study that evidenced new root surface coating (cementum) and new connective tissue (periodontal ligament) formation (collagen) on tooth roots. (

Treatment for periodontal disease with LANAP® means less discomfort, less recession, reduced sensitivity, and predictable results.

“One of most common complaints after the traditional scalpel surgery was post-operative pain and tooth sensitivity. I used to dread the afternoon post-op visits because so many patients were unhappy, still in pain, and we were constantly trying to treat root sensitivity! It was very discouraging. Since we changed to the laser assisted approach, my afternoons are full of smiles and sometimes a hug or two! Our patients and I have never been happier!” reports Dr. Peavy. He goes on to say that since the laser encourages clotting, the many patients who take blood thinners like Coumadin, Plavix, or Asprin can have treatment without stopping their medications. This is a major improvement and everyone likes the idea of minimal to no bleeding after surgery.

The FDA approved laser treatment for gum disease or periodontitis called LANAP has been shown to be an attractive alternative to traditional scalpel surgery. It provides similar results compared to traditional surgery and does not require scalpel incisions, sutures. It is associated with faster recovery times, reduced tooth sensitivity, and virtually no post-op bleeding. LANAP has been successfully practiced across the US and worldwide in the last 10 years and continues to attract new patients and providers.

Dr. Peavy is a board certified periodontist in Winston-Salem and has been providing LANAP for four years. Patients interested in learning more about this procedure can visit Dr. Peavy’s website at or call 336-774-3001.

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