(Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
Basic Steps of the LANAP® Protocol
The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) is a laser gum surgery that is known for being a short and minimally invasive procedure. There is very little tissue damage involved and almost no post-operative pain reported. LANAP® laser gum surgery is the only treatment that uses the revolutionary PerioLase™ MVP-7® to remove bacteria from beneath the gum line. In just six simple steps, LANAP® laser gum surgery will remove bacteria and infected tissue to improve your overall gum health.
• First we measure the depth of your periodontal pockets. A small fiber is placed between the tooth and the gum to tell us how much loss of attachment has occurred.
• Then we send a pulsed laser light to remove bacteria and disease tissue from the area. Because the laser is not absorbed by water, bone or healthy tissue, laser gum surgery is less invasive than traditional gum surgery and causes less pain and discomfort.
• Then we remove calculus from the surface of the roots. The laser itself cannot remove calculus, but it can help to denature it. Ultrasonic scalers are used to remove calculus deposits from underneath the gums.
• The laser is then used a second time to stimulate bone and gum tissue. The heat also causes the blood to become sticky and create a seal around the surface of the tooth. This is how laser gum surgery creates a healthy and stable environment for the healing process to begin.
• Then we recompress the tissue against the surface of the tooth. There are no sutures involved in this process.
• The final step in laser gum surgery is to check your bite. We will examine your bite to make sure no considerable trauma has been done to your teeth and make any necessary adjustments.
LANAP® laser gum surgery is widely regarded as the highest standard if gum disease treatment. Rather than destroying healthy tissue, LANAP® removes only the diseased portions and actually stimulates regeneration of tissue to promote better gum health. With laser gum surgery, patients experience a shorter healing period, which reduces the risk of infection and preserves your gum health.
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