Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP). On Your Way to a Healthier Smile!
Dr. Pires has been trained and is very experienced in this technique.
Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, causes a struggle in approximately 75% of the population.
We are excited to provide you with the latest method of treatment, the Laser periodontal therapy. Periodontal disease is a chronic infection and the laser therapy is an excellent treatment to control some of the effects of the disease. It is a relatively painless procedure and most patients experience little or no discomfort (in most cases). In fact, some patients even return to work on the same day (excluding heavy lifting, working out and strenuous activities within 48 hours after the procedure) .
Our primary concern is for your comfort and safety. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics for you to begin taking a few days before your scheduled appointment, if he finds it necessary.
By continuing the treatment partnership developed between your general dentist and our office, we can assist you in controlling periodontal disease. Our goal is to assist you with obtaining the best care for your mouth and to preserve good overall health.
Why Laser Periodontal Therapy?
- Half the time of conventional surgery
- Faster recovery
- Minimal discomfort
- No sutures
|a) Perio probe indicates excessive pocket depth|
b) Laser light removes bacteria
c) Ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments are used to remove root surface tartar
d) Laser finishes cleaning pocket and aids in sealing the pocket closed, so new germs cannot enter
e) Healing of gums to clean root surface occurs
f) Bite trauma is adjusted
g) Healing occurs
Common Course of Treatment
- Exam and radiographs
- LANAP procedure (1 or more visits)
- Post-op check appointments:
- 2 weeks following procedure - Adult prophy, tissue/bite check
- 4 weeks following procedure - Tissue/bite check
- Periodontal Maintenance - 3, 6 and 9 months following the procedure, after that doctor will indicate how often patient should have periodontal maintenance.
After the surgery patient must:
- Avoid brushing treated area for 2 weeks following procedure
- Don't floss the treated area for 4 weeks
- No electrical tooth brush for 4 weeks
- Adjust to a soft diet for at least 2 weeks, avoiding eating spicy, hard, hot food. Chew on the opposite side. Cut food into small pieces.
- If rinse is prescribed, use as indicated (deep gauze or cotton ball on rinse solution and clean treated are gently 2x daily for 2 weeks)
- Brush normally in non-treated areas
- Take antibiotics and analgesic medications as prescribed, if any
- Follow all instructions given after surgery by the doctor and/or his assistant
- Remember to return for your follow-up visit!