Over 50% of American adults have periodontal disease (“gum disease”) – an infection that occurs below the gum line. Periodontal disease is linked to several health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis, etc. – but only a small percentage of these adults get the treatment they need. Conventional periodontal treatment options involve cutting the gum tissue or extracting the teeth.
The LANAP or laser assisted protocol use a special dental laser (PerioLase® MVP-7) in which a tiny fiber about one third thinner than human hair is inserted between the gum tissue and teeth vaporizing the bacteria within the pockets that contributes to gum disease and “diseased or damaged tissue” while leaving healthy tissue intact.
There is no need for cutting and suturing with the LANAP or Laser assisted protocol. Patients typically report less pain and discomfort during and after the laser procedure compared to traditional periodontal surgery. The LANAP protocol is less invasive than traditional surgery helping you get healthy again and maintain a beautiful smile comfortably and without fear. Recession and tooth sensitivity, which can be significant following traditional periodontal surgery, are also greatly reduced when LANAP or laser assisted protocol is used.
• Faster Healing – LANAP® treatment is very gentle and allows the body to heal quickly.
• Less Discomfort– Patients report almost no pain or discomfort during and after laser protocol.
• No Cut, No Sew, No Fear –Laser light energy are used to eliminate the bacteria that cause gum disease without the need of cutting and sewing the gum tissues.
• Recovery Time is Minimal –Very little down time after laser treatment with most patients immediately returning to their daily routine.
• Little to No Gum Recession – Because the procedure doesn’t require cutting the gums, there is less risk of recession and your beautiful smile is maintained.
• Reduction in Bleeding and Gum Inflammation– The laser targets inflammatory bacteria and “diseased tissue” without injuring healthy tissue.
• Saves Teeth – Patients can save their natural teeth sometimes even when the teeth have been considered “hopeless”.
• Safe for patients with Health Problems –Safe for patients with health problems such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking blood thinner medications such as Plavix or aspirin.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The LANAP® /Laser Assisted Treatment?
The LANAP or Laser assisted treatment is a laser-based treatment for periodontal disease, that uses a very specific laser that targets the bacteria that causes gum disease. The LANAP protocol is the only surgical laser gum disease treatment that is FDA-cleared and supported with histological studies and clinical results.
How Does It Work?
Tartar or calculus, associated with inflamed and bleeding gums, is removed form the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic scaler and small instruments. Then, a small amount of light energy from a laser is directed through a tiny fiber, which is gently placed between the gum and tooth. This light energy removes a tiny amount of diseased tissue and aids in reducing the bacteria associated with the disease. After the area is thoroughly cleaned, the body can heal the area naturally.
Does It Hurt?
Although the procedure itself can be virtually painless, we may anesthetize the area for the patient’s comfort. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and of short duration.
How Long Does It Take?
Depending on the severity of the patient’s periodontal disease, treatment may be accomplished in one office visit or in multiple visits
What To Expect: Your LANAP / Laser Assisted Surgery
LANAP periodontal surgery is a full-mouth procedure usually completed in two 2 to 2 ½ hour visits. We complete one side of the mouth during the first visit, and complete the other side on the second visit. Surgeries are usually scheduled within one week of one another. It is common to quickly return to work or other activities.
What To Expect: The First Few Days
You may experience mild aching, throbbing, and soreness of the treated areas for the first couple days—this can be helped with mild pain medications. The tissue around the teeth may appear discolored. Your bite may feel slightly different, but the teeth will adapt. You cannot brush or floss for the first 7-10 days after treatment, and you will need to follow a liquid or mushy diet. Smoking decreases results for all gum treatments, including LANAP.
What To Expect: Follow-Up Care
As the gums heal, the teeth will shift, and your bite will need to be adjusted several times over the coming months. Splints may be fabricated to stabilize and immobilize the teeth. It is important that you wear these splints as instructed to promote healing. Expect to have your teeth professionally cleaned every three months for at least the first year, and then as recommended by your dentist.
Who Is A Candidate For LANAP / Laser Assisted Surgery?
Patients with moderate-to-severe gum disease can especially benefit from the LANAP / Laser assisted protocol. The Laser protocol is also an excellent treatment option for patients who are fearful of conventional scalpel surgery and patients taking certain medications, such as blood thinners. With the LANAP protocol, patients do not have to stop taking any medications.
The LANAP® Protocol
The LANAP protocol is a laser-based approach to gum disease using an Nd:YAG free running pulsed laser requiring specific knowledge and skills drawn from the whole dentistry.
To you, the patient, this means: less pain, less bleeding, less swelling, less tissue removed, less down time, and less recovery time which is decidedly less costly to you and your employer.
We use the LANAP protocol to treat gum disease to: remove only the diseased tissue without removing any of the healthy tissue, maintain the height of the tissue around teeth, minimize pain and discomfort to the patient, get a closure of the periodontal pocket wound and allow healing to take place.
Controlling periodontal disease makes it possible to save and restore otherwise hopeless teeth.
LAPIP® Protocol for Saving Ailing & Failing Implants
The LAPIP protocol utilizes the unique PerioLase® MVP-7, a Nd:YAG free running pulsed laser requiring specific knowledge and skills derivative of the LANAP protocol.