Gum Disease Therapy


Pain-Free Gum Disease Treatment that Regenerates the Tissue: LANAP

Montclair Dental Spa is dedicated to helping patients in Montclair and nearby communities achieve healthier teeth and gums. If you’re looking for a painless way to restore your gums to health, turn to us for a laser gum surgery in Montclair. We use the latest technology, such as Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), in reviving the health of your gums.

Common Gum Problems

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 40% of American adults have some form of gum disease. Gum diseases range from simple inflammation to more severe cases that involve major damage to the bone and soft tissue that support the teeth.

Gingivitis is a type of infection in which the gums become red and swollen, or even bleed easily. It is a mild form of gum disease that regular dental cleaning and daily brushing and flossing can remedy.

Periodontitis, meanwhile, is a more severe type of gum disease. In this case, gums pull away from the teeth to form spaces called pockets. When pockets become infected, the bacteria tend to spread below the gum line. When that happens, the bones, gums, and connective tissues that hold the teeth in place become loose.

When untreated, gum diseases may lead to tooth loss. Depending on the severity, a hygienist can help solve gum problems through proper care and treatment or a Montclair LANAP therapy administered by a dentist.

Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)

LANAP is a conservative surgical procedure that has been developed and refined over the course of the last 25 years to provide a minimally invasive alternative to traditional periodontal surgery. If you have been diagnosed with any level of inflammatory periodontal disease, you are likely a candidate for LANAP.

The Food and Drug Administration has recently awarded LANAP a new designation: laser-assisted regeneration or LAR. This makes LANAP the only laser-based surgical procedure with FDA clearance for True Regeneration™, for its capability to regenerate tissues lost to gum disease.

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Montclair Dental Spa Patient, Morrie Louden wrote:

“Dr. Moussa is probably the best dentist in New York. He’s always up to date with the latest cutting-edge technologies and has all the most modern, state-of-the-art equipment. By his recommendation, he performed the LANAP procedure on my gums in his office. He literately saved my teeth! This procedure is hands down better than the old way (scalpel). Besides that, he’s quite personable, gentle, and sensitive to your needs. You won’t find a better dentist!! My highest recommendation !!!”

Please call us at Montclair Dental Spa phone number 973-744-1527 with any questions about LANAP or to schedule an appointment with Montclair Dental Spa today!


Treat Gum Diseases before It’s too Late

When periodontal disease progresses to its later stages, teeth can become loose, and gums can recede. Bad breath often accompanies periodontal disease. Moreover, plaque buildup on teeth hardens into tartar or calculus, which brushing or flossing cannot remove. Deep cleaning can help remove calculus buildup and restore the mouth to a healthy state, but only if the disease has not progressed too far.

Once the bone and teeth are compromised, more invasive treatments such as a gum restoration surgery in Montclair are often necessary to treat the condition. This is where LANAP come into the picture.


Consult with Dr. Moussa

If you have been told that the bone around your teeth is gone and can never grow back, do yourself a favor and schedule an appointment with Montclair Dental Spa for a second opinion.

Dr. Moussa is the first dentist in the Montclair, NJ area to offer LANAP, the most significant technological advancement in surgical periodontal treatment in decades. As the only LANAP clinician in Montclair, he is capable of making an accurate evaluation of your bone structure. You can count on him to help you grow back your bone. He would be more than happy to offer you that opportunity!

The LANAP Protocol

The LANAP protocol utilizes a free-running, pulsed Nd: YAG laser called the Periolase MVP-7. It emits a very specific wavelength of light energy, delivered to the tissue in a very specific way.

There are numerous advantages to choosing LANAP as opposed to the conventional surgical procedures, which require a scalpel and sutures. We outline a few of these advantages below:


With LANAP, there is less post-operative bleeding, minimized swelling, and quicker recovery. The stress and anxiety often associated with gum surgery are reduced significantly as LANAP offers a more relaxed, effective, and essentially pain-free laser procedure.

In addition, postoperative sensitivity is greatly reduced, and recovery time is much quicker compared with traditional methods. In fact, due to the less-invasive nature of the laser technique, the mouth begins to heal immediately after work is completed.

Reduced Risk of Infection

The laser’s high-energy light beam acts as a sterilizer on the area, reducing the risk of bacterial infections and relapses. As Dr. Moussa uses a laser during the first stage of the surgery, all subsequent steps are done in a cleaner environment. While the mouth is not a sterile environment, this procedure makes sure to minimize at the onset the dangerous bacteria that cause this destructive disease.

Because LANAP is a full mouth protocol, there is a lower chance for hidden pockets of periodontal disease to remain after the treatment, decreasing any chance of recontamination. Gum disease, after all, is not bound by zoning restrictions. If you have been told you have the disease only in one area of the mouth, you may want to consider the validity of that statement. After all, your gums are all connected, and so is your entire body.

Less Recession

Because a laser is used, less tissue needs to be removed in order to reach the desired objective. This means no sutures, and less gum recession after surgery. As with many other types of surgery (arthroscopic, lasik, laparoscopic, etc), this represents a step in the direction of more conservative surgical treatments for gum disease. Doesn’t it sound like a good idea to treat a disease in the most minimally invasive method?

Periodontal Disease

A recent study shows that in the US, 46% of adults (67 million people) have periodontal disease. The condition was found to be severe almost 9% of the time. The main reason periodontal disease becomes severe is lack of early diagnosis and treatment.

Periodontal disease often exists in the absence of obvious symptoms such as pain and/or swelling, so many people who have periodontal disease are unaware of its presence. If your gums bleed when you floss, this is an indication of inflammation of the gums, and a thorough examination can determine if you are at risk.

One of the main reasons people do not follow through with definitive treatment for periodontal disease is the fear associated with traditional surgery. This is where LANAP provides an excellent alternative.

Dental Implants

The Periolase MVP-7 can also be used to stabilize failing dental implants. Rather than having these fixtures removed surgically, grafted, and new dental implants placed (or not), the Periolase MVP-7 can be used to disinfect the bone and gum tissue around the implant, and help it to heal. In many cases, bone which has been lost can be regenerated. What is the down side to attempting to save a failing implant using a minimally-invasive technique? You might still lose your implant, but you might just save it! More and more evidence is accumulating in favor of the ability of the Periolase and the LAPIP protocol to save otherwise hopeless dental implants.

Other Uses

Dr. Moussa can treat a variety of conditions using the Periolase, such as cold sores, oral ulcers, numbness following injury, facial paralysis, amalgam tattoos, and hyperpigmentation (dark gums). He can also remove those dark blue or purple spots that can appear on the lips as a result of chronic trauma or weakness in the blood vessels (hemangiomas).

The Periolase MVP-7 is a free-running, pulsed Nd:YAG laser, which means that it emits a light that is absorbed readily by darkly pigmented tissues. It seems to have healing effects that are far beyond our ability to understand with current scientific knowledge. Ancient texts from many different cultures suggest that light is the key to understanding what we are, who we are, and why we are here. In my opinion, we shouldn’t be too surprised that it is light that has the most profound healing effects on our physical bodies.

Are you a good candidate for LANAP? Call us at (973) 744-1527 today or fill out our form to set an appointment.