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 Gregory C. Dilger D.D.S.           General Dentist            1353 Edgewater St.          West Salem          (503) 378-0466   

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LANAP: What to expect

You have just been diagnosed with periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease. Approximately 75% of the population struggles with this disease. We are excited to provide you with the latest method of treatment.

Dr. Dilger’s primary concern is for your comfort and safety. We prescribe antibiotics to prevent the possibility of infection and Motrin (ibuprofen) to control micro-inflammation and swelling. You will start taking both medications the day before surgery.

LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is a relatively painless procedure. Most patients experience little to no discomfort. In fact, you can expect to return to work the day after surgery.

One of the contributing factors of periodontal disease is trauma from tooth to tooth contact; therefore we will require you to sleep with a night guard. It will also be necessary to make minor adjustments to your teeth so that they all function equally (bite together with an even amount of force).

Periodontal disease is a chronic infection. LANAP is an excellent treatment, but it is not a cure. THERE IS NO CURE FOR PERIODONTAL DISEASE. The goal of LANAP is to reverse some of the effects of the disease and to help you maintain a health mouth.

Your home care is very important. We will make certain recommendation regarding your home care custom fit to your mouth. This will include an antibacterial mouth rinse, Rotadent or Sonicare toothbrush, and/or a waterpic. We cannot stress enough the importance of good daily hygiene habits. In addition, we will continue to schedule 3 month maintenance appointments with one of our hygienists.

By continuing this partnership, we will help you to treat this serious disease. Our goal is to assist you with obtaining the best care for your mouth and to preserve good overall health.

Here is the complete copy of Post op instructions given at time of treatment.


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Dear Dr. Dilger:


It all started with my initial phone call to Dr. Dilger's office. I felt so comfortable from the start and after I came in for my first visit it's been all about what I want and what Dr. Dilger and his staff recommends for me. All around, it's been the best dental experience I've ever had.


Al P.




Going to the dentist used to be a nightmare experience for me. That's all changed when I came to Dr. Dilger. Dr. Dilger's office staff are so warm and welcoming. Visiting them is like going home. Dr. Dilger's calm and caring manner erased all my dental anxiety and for the first time in my life I found myself relaxed in a dental chair. Dr. Dilger and his staff really took the time to get to know me and my concerns. They talked with me about my fears and helped me address my anxiety. Now I visit the dentist and I'm not afraid. I can not express the difference Dr. Dilger has made in my dental life! Thanks so much Dr. D.


Molly F.




I love my new smile.  It was so easy too.  Nearly pain free.  I am considering my lower teeth at a later date.


Debbie E.