Traditional Gum Surgery vs. LANAP®Your Options for Gum Disease Treatment

A Surgical Alternative


If you need a gum surgery alternative for treating moderate to advanced stages of gum disease, talk with Dr. Tilman Richards about your options for gum disease treatment in Corpus Christi. Dr. Richards offers the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) to eradicate diseased tissue and restore oral health. If you are experiencing bad breath, bleeding gums, or have loose teeth, you may have periodontitis and be in the moderate to advanced stages of gum disease.

Key Differences

Traditional surgery has been performed to treat periodontal disease for years but it is no longer regarded as the most effective treatment option available. In this procedure, the periodontist lifts and rolls the gum tissue back to remove bacteria, tartar, and any diseased gum tissue. Additional bone grafting may be needed so that the gum tissue can reattach to the root of the tooth. Sutures or stitches are placed to hold the gum tissue against the tooth during healing. However, this procedure typically requires removing healthy tissue along with diseased tissue. As a result, patients often experience bleeding gums, gum line recession, and tooth root exposure.

LANAP® has revolutionized the way we treat gum disease today. This technology delivers a very targeted and precise treatment to eliminate diseased tissue and bacteria while leaving healthy gum tissue intact. No scalpels or sutures are used to perform LANAP®, and there is minimal pain and healing time associated with the laser gum surgery procedure. LANAP® results are more predictable than traditional surgery and also offer long term benefits.

General Dentist in Corpus Christi, TX
Staff is very friendly. No wait time. They saw me and my daughter in a timely manner and Dr. Richards was so great! The work I had done was completely pain free... Didn't even feel the shot or the work that was being done. The end results were exactly what I needed! No pain, no complaints. Dr. Richards even called the same evening to see if I was feeling okay and to see if I had any questions... Best dental services I have ever had.Marisa B.
No one likes going to the dentist, so you may as well go to the best - Tilman Richards, DDS. The staff makes you feel like family, the office is beautiful, and Dr. Richards goes to great lengths making sure you're comfortable and in as little pain as possible.Patti G.
My family has been seeing Dr. Tilman Richards for years. Him, his wife and staff are the best. When ever we go for a appointment it's like going and visiting friends. Very friendly, one of the best! I can not say enough good things about him and his staff.Douglas W.
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