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.