Laser Periodontal Therapy
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)
LANAP is an acronym that stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. It has revolutionized the treatment of gum disease by combining the most effective and established methods of treatment with the precision use of a special laser. Although as much as 66% of the United States population has some form of gum disease, many avoid seeking treatment because of their aversion to the discomfort that often results from dental surgery. LANAP is changing this however, by providing an alternative to traditional periodontal surgery that is every bit as effective, and much more beneficial to the patient both in the short term and in the long run.
LANAP itself consists of four simple steps that are much less traumatic to the teeth and gumline than traditional dental surgery, and which help the mouth heal much more quickly.
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1. The laser removes any diseased tissue, while the heat of the laser kills the bacteria.
3. Your periodontist removes tartar from the root surface using an ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments
4. The laser is then used to clean the pocket one more time before sealing it closed against further infection.
Because of its less invasive nature, there are a number of noticeable advantages and benefits that LANAP offers over traditional surgery. For one thing, there is a much faster recovery time because most, if not all, damage to healthy tissue is proactively averted by through the use of more advanced, precision technology. Because LANAP selectively removes diseases tissue, the height of the gums themselves around the teeth is much better preserved, and there is also much less post-operative stress to the mouth.
For many people as well, the aversion to surgery is motivated by time constraints as much as it is motivated by an aversion to pain. Traditional dental surgery normally takes four 1-hour sessions with multiple visits for suture removal and checkups. LANAP, on the other hand, takes only 2, 2-hour sessions and two follow-up visits. This means more can be done with fewer days off, and typical recovery is almost always less than 24-hours, making an immediate return to work both possible and comfortable.