LANAP is a laser protocol that treats mild, moderate and even advanced periodontal disease. The procedure utilizes a specialized wavelength laser that effectively removes infected and diseased tissue from around and underneath the gum line. Once removed, the gum tissue is allowed to heal on its own and the progression of the disease is completely halted. Over the course of several years and with regular dental hygiene practices, patients can experience healthier gums and a brighter smile.

What is LANAP?

LANAP utilizes a patented and FDA-cleared laser technology that is aimed at getting rid of diseased and infected gum tissue. The laser uses seven variable pulse durations that target specific types of tissue. Unhealthy and diseased gum tissue is then excised without the need for scalpels, sutures or cutting. The treatment utilizes the body’s natural healing process to heal the gum tissue around each tooth. Splints may be used in conjunction with the treatment to keep teeth in place while the gums are healing.

What are the Benefits of LANAP?

This treatment is often preferred by patients because it is less invasive and requires minimal downtime after having it completed. Some of the benefits of LANAP include:

  • Less invasive than other surgical options
  • Quickly and easily done in-office without the need for general anesthesia
  • Effective removal of diseased, infected gum tissue
  • Encourages the body’s natural healing process
  • Minimal downtime after treatment is completed
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • No incisions or sutures involved
  • Fewer chances of post-operative infections
  • Less swelling and bleeding
  • No loss of healthy gum tissue

What to Expect During and After Treatment

Prior to having LANAP laser treatment performed, you’ll need to come into the office for a consultation. The consultation involves a comprehensive examination, series of x-rays and discussion about treatment options, payments and costs involved. The consultation is the perfect time for you to ask any questions that you might have about the procedure. You will also learn about what is involved with the procedure and what to expect before, during and after the procedure.

It is important to follow all post-treatment instructions to ensure proper healing of the gum tissue. You need to follow proper oral hygiene to prevent the recurrence of inflammation and infection in these areas, causing the need for additional surgery to be performed. With proper post-operative care and good hygiene habits, you can expect LANAP treatment to be incredibly effective at treating gum disease.

Dental Laser

In recent years, laser periodontal therapy has been utilized in the effective treatment of periodontal disease. Laser treatment has many benefits that other surgical options simply do not provide. Patients who undergo laser treatment have found that it is far less invasive and painful than other treatments and that the diseased gum tissue is excised quickly and efficiently to promote natural healing.

What is Laser Periodontal Treatment?

Laser periodontal treatment involves the use of lasers that use various types of wavelengths. During the procedure, the lasers are precisely aimed at diseased gum tissue around the teeth and deep into the pockets that have formed as a result of periodontal disease. The procedure does not require general anesthesia as is found with other more invasive surgeries. No scalpels or sutures are needed when treatment is being done, which means less healing time for the patient. After the procedure is complete, the roots of the teeth will be scaled to remove plaque and calculus as well as smooth the roots of the teeth underneath the gum line. The area between the gum tissue and the tooth can then heal naturally on its own.

Is It Effective at Treating Periodontal Disease?

There is a reason why periodontal laser treatment has become a go-to for most patients with periodontitis. It is highly effective at getting rid of diseased tissue around the teeth, allowing your body’s natural healing process to take control and close up the pockets that are present. This can prevent tooth loss due to the progression of periodontal disease. The procedure is much less invasive than other surgeries and options available to you and minimal anesthesia is required to have it performed in-office.

Specialized wavelengths are used to remove only infected and diseased gum tissue so that healthy tissue is preserved. No sutures, incisions or cuts are made so that healing is quick and relatively painless upon completion of the procedure. If you have questions concerning laser periodontal treatment, Dr. Gurinsky will be able to consult with you and provide the answers that you need. Laser treatment is an effective option for most adults with mild to moderate periodontitis as well as those in the more advanced stages of the disease. While this treatment option isn’t for everyone, most adults with periodontal disease can benefit from this option as it provides effective relief of diseased and infected gum tissue.