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Dr. Luizzi is fully trained and licensed to perform Laser Periodontal Therapy using LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), an FDA cleared and patented laser procedure that greatly reduces the pain and recovery time associated with traditional gum surgery used for treating gum disease.

Have you been told that you have gum disease? Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection that destroys the gums and supporting bone surrounding your teeth. Three out of four adults 35yrs and older may be affected, and according to the American Dental Association, more than 60% of the adult population has periodontal disease. Bleeding gums, tooth movement, loose teeth, bad breath, or pain associated with brushing, are all symptoms of periodontal disease.

There is mounting evidence regarding the direct link between periodontal disease and a variety of other, possibly life-threatening diseases. Periodontal disease has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, miscarriages, and low  birth weight.

The new standard of care for periodontal disease is Laser Periodontal Therapy. If you have been told that you need gum surgery or you have periodontal disease, this new technology replaces cutting of the gum tissue with a scalpel and does not require stitches. This means an easy recovery with minimal bleeding, which preserves gum tissue, reduces root exposure and sensitivity, and is reasonably priced as compared to traditional gum surgery.


       Considerably less trauma to the area than with cut and sew surgery.

       No cutting of the gum tissue with a scalpel and no stitches means easy recovery with minimal bleeding.

       Preserves gum tissue instead of cutting it away

       Reduces root exposure and sensitivity

       Reduces the possibility of infection

       Reduced cost


A. Probe indicated excessive pocket depth

B. Laser light removes bacteria and diseased tissue

C. Ultrasonic cleaner is used to remove root surface tartar

D. Laser finishes cleaning pocket and aids in sealing the pocket closed so new germs cannot enter.

E. Healing of gums to clean root surface occurs

F. Bite trauma is adjusted

G. Healing occurs


LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is used to treat periodontal disease and save many teeth that were previously considered hopeless. It uses the worldís first digital dental laser-the PerioLase MVP-7, which was specifically designed for treating periodontal disease. The PerioLase Laser is used as part of Laser Periodontal Therapy, to remove harmful bacteria and diseased tissue from the gum pocket by passing a laser light between gum and tooth. Patients donít hear or feel it- except for a little warmth.

The laser is an effective tool for improving overall dental health with less pain, less bleeding, less swelling, less tissue removal and less recovery time than traditional gum surgery.

You donít have to worry about bleeding, stitches or post-treatment infection because your gums havenít been cut. You will also enjoy fewer follow-up visits and less time in the dentist chair.



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