Dr Philip Makepeace

123 Bargara Rd, Bundaberg, QLD, 4670

LANAP True-Regeneration Gum Treatment is a ground-breaking Australian first procedure


This True-Regeneration treatment is a breakthrough in periodontal treatments that use advanced lasers, instead of traditional scalpels and sutures.

Traditionally the treatment for periodontitis was a scalpel and suture gum surgery to remove the infection, but recent advances in dental technology have given patients a quicker, minimally invasive, laser procedure.

This revolutionary technology makes it possible to regenerate periodontal tissues which have been destroyed by gum disease. Distinctive Dental Care patients now have the comfort of knowing this True-Regeneration treatment can restore function and re-grow bone and supporting tooth structures in a less invasive way. Patients that have avoided traditional treatment out of fear can now be offered a gum disease treatment choice that is evidence based.

Why Distinctive Dental Care offers one of the most innovative laser gum treatments available

Periodontitis is commonly known as gum disease and affects around 50% of adults over 30 and is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease is usually caused by a build-up of plaque, which is an opaque film that eventually hardens, forming tartar.

There are two main stages of gum disease; gingivitis and periodontal disease.


Gingivitis is characterised by

  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Tender gums
  • Red or dark red gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath

The main cause of gingivitis is poor oral health and hygiene that allows plaque to form on teeth, resulting in inflammation of the surrounding gum tissue. Plaque can lead to gingivitis when it’s left too long resulting in tartar (calculus). Tartar creates a protective shield for bacteria to thrive on the teeth which causes irritation along the gum line.


Untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis which is one of the most common human diseases. Periodontitis is an inflammation of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth and as periodontitis progresses, periodontal pockets are formed which separates the teeth from gums and supporting bone structure. Chronic inflammation can cause the jaw bone to be destroyed and without treatment, the infection becomes severe and the pockets deepen, resulting in tooth loss.

Distinctive Dental Care can treat severe gum disease

The only way to repair the damage periodontitis has caused is to get rid of the infection and close up the pockets. Until recently, this meant surgery and invasive sutures, but now, Distinctive Dental Care offers LANAP Protocol, a minimally invasive, patient friendly procedure. This LANAP True-Regeneration treatment is the only proven bone regeneration protocol to have the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance.

Dr Makepeace from Distinctive Dental care was the 6th doctor in Australia to buy one of these lasers and with only 10 users Australia wide, we are on the forefront of this ground breaking technology.

For more information on this advanced laser technology, or to book a consultation, please contact us today.


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