Portland Dentist, Dr. Kelly Blodgett Performs Laser Gum Disease Surgery

Modern Gum Disease Treatment Using LANAP

The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) is a form of laser gum disease surgery that does not harm healthy tissue. Traditional gum disease surgery uses a scalpel to cut away both healthy and unhealthy tissue, LANAP® uses a different approach, more specifically, a laser to remove only the diseased portions. This minimally invasive procedure results in less pain and less bleeding than traditional gum disease surgery. LANAP® gum disease surgery is widely regarded as the highest standard of care available for gum disease treatment, not to mention that patients rarely require pain medication following the procedure. Dr. Kelly Blodgett is a general dentist in Portland, Oregon who provides patients with laser gum disease surgery.

Thanks to the advent of the PerioLase® MVP-7™, the LANAP® trained dentist in Portland can remove and kill bacteria without harming the healthy gum tissue. This is because the PerioLase® MVP-7™ is a highly intelligent laser that can easily distinguish between healthy and diseased gum tissue, based on the color and tint. In fact, LANAP® is the only method of laser gum disease surgery that has been cleared by the FDA. It is also the only form of laser gum disease surgery with the science and research to prove its effectiveness. No matter what dentist in Portland you go to for laser gum disease surgery, make sure that they are properly trained and licensed to use the PerioLase® MVP-7™.

Periodontal disease is an epidemic that affects millions of Americans each year, yet very few actually seek treatment. This is largely because they do not understand the risk of complications that can arise. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to an increased risk heart disease, diabetes, and pancreatic cancer. Until now, the only options for gum disease surgery involved the painful cutting and stitching of tissue. With LANAP®, this is no longer true.

Visit Dr. Kelly Blodgett, your dentist in Portland, today; learn more about LANAP® and whether or not you qualify for this modern gum disease treatment.

Laser Gum Surgery Benefits in Portland

An Alternative to Traditional Gum Surgery

The differences between the new Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) and traditional laser gum surgery are astounding. There are now many more benefits for the patient who needs laser gum surgery thanks to the LANAP® procedure. These Include:

  • Faster healing time – Laser gum surgery is less invasive and involves no cutting or stitching. This means that there is a shorter amount of time required for healing.
  • Less pain – Because laser gum surgery uses no blades or sutures, there is very little pain or discomfort for the patient receiving this gum surgery alternative in Porland.
  • Less downtime – Because there is a very small amount of pain involved, patients rarely require medication following the laser gum surgery. This means that you can get back to your daily routine almost immediately.
  • Little to no gum recession – Since laser gum surgery does not remove any healthy tissue from the area, there is less recession of the gum line.
  • Less inflammation – The PerioLase® MVP-7™ will remove bacteria and diseased tissue without cutting the gums. This means that there is less inflammation of the gum line.
  • Minimal bleeding – With laser gum surgery, we are able to control the amount of bleeding. The laser can be used to create blood clots and stop the blood flow.
  • Bone and tissue regeneration – Laser gum surgery actually promotes bone and tissue regrowth after the procedure. This means that we can often save teeth that would typically need to be removed.
  • Less risk of infection – Because there is less bleeding and a shorter recovery period, laser gum surgery has a small risk of infection. This makes it more predictable with less chance of complication.

LANAP® is a safe and minimally invasive gum surgery alternative in Portland. For the first time in history we can removed unhealthy gum tissue without cutting or harming the healthy tissue.


LANAP In Action


Using Laser to Kill Bacteria


Cleaning Roots


Using Laser to Create Instant Clot

The LANAP Procedure

For patients living in Portland that need gum disease treatment, there is now a way for them to repair their gum health without undergoing any painful cutting and stitching of the tissue. In fact, LANAP® is widely regarded as the highest standard of gum disease treatment in Portland. It is a quick procedure that can repair gum health in just six short steps:

Measuring pocket depth

Before we can repair gum health, we must measure how much loss of attachment has occurred. To accomplish this, a small probe is inserted between the teeth and gum line to measure the depth of the periodontal pockets.

Removing the bacteria

The next step to repair gum health is to remove any bacteria and diseased tissue from the area. This is done using a laser rather than a blade, as is used with traditional gum disease treatment. Portland patients will experience less pain this way.

Removing calculus deposits

Ultrasonic scalers are then used to remove calculus deposits from underneath the gum line.

Forming a blood clot

The laser will make a second pass over the area to stimulate bone, root, and soft tissue. The laser also causes the blood to clot and form a tight seal around the tooth. In this way, LANAP® can create a safe environment for the repair of gum health to occur.

Tissue compression

The next step in the repair of gum health is to recompress the tissue against the tooth. This is done without using sutures.

Adjustment of bite

During the final step in gum disease treatment, Portland patients will have their bite adjusted and examined for signs of trauma.

•	laser-assisted-new-attachment-procedure-portlandLANAP® is a safe and pain free way to repair gum health. By using a laser rather than a scalpel to remove unhealthy tissue, patients will experience less discomfort and a smaller chance of infection. For more information on how to repair gum health in Portland, contact Dr. Kelly Blodgett to schedule a consultation today.

Dr. Kelly Blodgett, Portland Dentist

Restorative, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry

Dr. Kelly J. Blodgett has become a recognized leader in Minimally-Invasive Dentistry, Dental Lasers and digital integration as well as being the first dentist to introduce multiple technologies to the Portland market. Now incorporated into his new, state-of-the-art dental facility is a learning center where Dr. Blodgett teaches other dentists about the benefits of those dental technologies.

As a General Practice Resident at the Portland VA Medical Center, Dr. Blodgett has performed varied periodontal surgeries, surgical extractions and endodontic treatments that have helped develop skills to encompass all aspects of adult and children's dentistry. He has maintained a high level of passion for seeing the standard of care in dentistry advance throughout his career.

In 2006 at the young age of 35 Dr. Blodgett was honored with the prestigious "Clinician of the Year Award" from the World Congress of Minimally-Invasive Dentistry. He has been featured in numerous dental journals, on television and in magazines for the innovative care he provides. He is truly a modern pioneer in progressive dental care.

Dr. Blodgett's holistic approach is what sets him apart. He cares not only his patient's oral health but his or her total well-being. He strives to provide an unsurpassed level of service, value and quality. It is his passion to provide the highest level of minimally-invasive care in dentistry. Dr. Blodgett is great with people, committed to high ethical standards, communicates well, and provides unselfish service.

Dr. Blodgett is a native Oregonian who attended grade school through high school in Southwest Portland. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon and completed his pre-doctoral sciences at Portland State University. Dr. Blodgett attended the OHSU School of Dentistry and graduated in June of 1999.

Dr. Blodgett and his wife, Julie, have been married since 1994 and have two beautiful daughters: Sara, born in 2002 and Megan, born in 2005. They reside in Southwest Portland, just up the hill from his high school alma mater, Wilson High School.