LANAP Periodontal Surgery
Laser Periodontal Therapy
Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is an FDA-approved procedure for treating moderate to severe gum disease. Instead of a scalpel, as in traditional periodontal surgery, it uses a precisely focused laser to remove the diseased gum tissue without affecting the healthy tissue.
The laser not only destroys the bad bacteria, it also stimulates the body’s natural regenerative potential, usually eliminating the need for gum grafting around the teeth.
Dr. Hendry is highly trained and experienced in using LANAP to effectively defeat gum disease. As periodontists they have many years of specialist training in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the gums.
Gums & Teeth Before & After Teeth LANAP
Benefits of the LANAP Procedure
The LANAP procedure causes much less discomfort than standard surgery, both during and after the procedure, as well as faster healing and predictable results.
It takes two 2-hour visits and two follow up visits, compared to traditional surgery with the scalpel, which requires four sessions of about an hour apiece, plus several visits for suture removal and additional check-ups. Rather than weeks, there’s less than a 24 hour-recovery period with LANAP and most people feel good enough to eat anything they want right after the procedure.
Due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, there is maximum preservation of the original gum tissue. LANAP is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications, including Plavix or aspirin. LANAP provides long-lasting results. A study showed that after five years, 98% of LANAP-treated patients remained stable.
LANAP Protocol Explained
The LANAP Protocol relies on the use of special laser equipment, the Perio-Lase MVP-7, which includes a miniscule laser fiber measuring about the width of three human hairs. During the procedure, which is typically performed under general anesthesia, the laser fiber is placed below the gum line to gently and precisely remove infected and diseased tissue, without causing damage to surrounding, healthy gum tissue.
Next, the teeth can undergo deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar that have built up around the roots and compromised oral health. Once this procedure is complete, the laser is used again, with a different setting, to seal the affected area and create blood clots that speed the healing process. Because the LANAP protocol has been proven to promote new cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone, it is currently the only protocol to receive FDA approval for True Regeneration.
In order to perform this technique, dentists must first undergo comprehensive training that includes clinical experience, before earning certification. This ensures that anyone performing the LANAP protocol has the training and experience to deliver optimal results.
The LANAP Protocol is a minimally-invasive, out-patient procedure, and many patients are able tor return to normal activities within just 24 hours. This is because your gums will not be cut and the laser will stimulate a healing response that minimizes recovery time. You’ll need just two visits for treatment, with each visit focusing on half of your mouth. The LANAP Protocol is an ideal method for treating moderate to severe gum disease.
The LANAP Procedure
Gum Treatment Consultation
Dr. Hendry will perform a complimentary oral exam to see if you’re a candidate for LANAP. You’ll get an opportunity to discuss concerns, have treatment options explained and get any questions answered. If needed, we will take digital X-rays of your mouth to make a more precise diagnosis and to discover the extent of the gum disease. For a closer look, or if they suspect other issues in the mouth or jaw, we will take 3D X-rays using our cone beam CT scanner.
We will also take the time to explain the procedure thoroughly ahead of time, so there are no surprises on the day of treatment.
When you return for your first LANAP Procedure treatment, you’ll get a local anesthetic to eliminate any discomfort. LANAP Procedure is much less traumatic then conventional surgery, but if desired, sedation can be used for a comfortable appointment.
We use a soft-tissue laser with a fiber about the thickness of three hairs. This is inserted between your teeth and gums to eliminate bacteria and diseased gum tissue. Healthy gum tissue is not harmed in the process. Once this is done, we use an ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments to remove tartar from the root surfaces. Lastly, the laser is used to finish cleaning the gum pocket and to assist in sealing the pocket so new germs cannot enter. The gum heals, re-attaching to the clean surface of the tooth root.
The procedure is quick. It takes just two 2-hour sessions, or you have the option to have it all done in one treatment. Most people return to work the next day.