Frequently Asked Questions

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What is LANAP?

LANAP is an FDA-approved, laser-assisted method for treating gum disease.

This minimally-invasive procedure utilizes a high-tech laser to stop gum disease, resulting in less bleeding and less pain.

LANAP also helps promote the regeneration of healthy gum tissue and bone and helps prevent gum recession – all in one simple treatment!

Plus, no painful scalpel or stitches are required!

“Ever since my first appointment almost three years ago I’ve been very satisfied and pleased with the care I’ve received at Blodgett Dental Care. Dr. Blodgett, Maggie, Amy and Jai have answered all my detailed questions and concerns in detail with patience and respect. I really appreciate Dr. Blodgett’s holistic approach to dentistry and that he is all about educating his patients about the close relationship of the teeth/gums to the rest of the body.”

– Sherry W.

What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is a host-response condition caused by the co-factors of infection and/or trauma and the body’s immune response to these insults. Traditional dentists claim that improper brushing and flossing habits are totally to blame. And although bacteria and plaque that build up on your teeth and harden are related to gum disease, there are many other factors to consider such as nutritional and dietary habits, smoking, diabetes, hormonal changes, and a host of other systemic disease states. Your mouth is an integral part of your body. If there is disease in your mouth, then there is disease in your body.
How can I tell if I have gum disease?
Common signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen, and bleeding gums
  • Sensitive gums easily irritated by brushing and flossing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Receding gums

The only way to know for sure whether or not you’re suffering from gum disease is to receive a comprehensive examination from your dentist.

What happens if I don’t treat my gum disease?
Remember: The mouth is an integral part of the body. When gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to (or exacerbate) serious health problems beyond just tooth infection and loss, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Strokes
  • Pregnancy complications such as preterm birth or loss of the baby
What’s the difference between traditional gum disease surgery and LANAP?
Traditional gum disease surgery involves cutting into and peeling back gum tissue with a scalpel to clean the root of the teeth and reshape bone and tissue. This does very little to target the bacteria that are infecting the gum pocket which usually means that the gum disease will return after surgery. LANAP Laser Dentistry, on the other hand, does not require a scalpel or stitches. The laser specifically targets the bacteria known to initiate gum disease. This procedure results in less bleeding, less pain, and faster healing than traditional gum disease surgery. Not only is LANAP more comfortable, it also produces better results and has virtually no risk of infection.
Is there really no cutting and no stitches?
Yes! The LANAP procedure doesn’t require a scalpel or stitches. It’s incredible. Don’t delay treating your gum disease because of the fear of invasive and painful surgery. LANAP is fast, effective, and minimally-invasive.
Am I a good candidate for LANAP?
If a dentist has diagnosed you with gum disease and recommended gum surgery, contact our office. Our doctors would be happy to conduct a holistic dental examination and share with you all of your options for regenerating your gum health.
Who can perform the LANAP procedure?
Only LANAP-trained and certified dentists can perform the LANAP procedure. Dr. Blodgett was the first dentist in Portland to be LANAP-certified and has been performing the procedure since 2004. As a leader in minimally-invasive and holistic dentistry, Dr. Blodgett will help optimize your dental and whole-body health through expert, trusted care.
What should I expect during a LANAP procedure? Is it painful?
LANAP uses a simple 5-step process over the course of one visit. Dr. Blodgett and our team will ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable the whole time. Your gums will be gently numbed before the procedure so you won’t feel a thing. Additionally, most patients report little to no pain following the procedure and require no narcotic pain medication.
How long is recovery time from the LANAP treatment?
Most patients are able to return to their day-to-day activities immediately following the LANAP treatment, but typical recovery time is less than 24 hours. Plus, there’s virtually no risk of infection!
Is LANAP a permanent treatment for gum disease?
You’ll see an improvement in your gum health after just one treatment! Additionally, LANAP is scientifically proven to regenerate healthy gums and bone. With proper health care (including optimal nutrition, exercise and sleep) and regular dentist appointments, you can prevent disease from occuring again. The majority of our patients not only experience a healthier mouth, but a healthier body, too! If your gum disease is severe, we may discuss other options for tooth replacement. Our doctors will discuss the varying solutions for your treatment plan during your New Patient Experience.
Is LANAP covered by insurance?
Some insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of LANAP. If you have questions about your policy and whether or not LANAP is included in your benefit offerings, we can help Give us a call at (503) 285-3620 to learn more.

“I have a big anxiety about going to the dentist, so of course I was very nervous before my first visit to Dr. Boldgett’s office. But from the first phone call I had to set up my appointment, I could tell that I was going to be in good hands. Everyone is so understanding and comforting. I was then blown away at the level of detail they go into with the different xrays and procedures. They are all about building partnerships and trust. Thank you isn’t enough to express how truly grateful I really am!!”

– Andrea K.

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