Treat Periodontal Disease with a Minimally Invasive High-Tech Laser Procedure
We are one of the few dental offices in the United States with the patented and FDA-approved Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP). This new generation laser therapy allows us to treat periodontal disease with a minimally invasive procedure that eliminates the need, in most cases, for conventional blade surgery (flap and osseous surgery).
The objective of LANAP laser therapy is pocket reduction achieved by establishing a new connective tissue attachment to the tooth at a more coronal level. The LANAP procedure provides an environment in which new bone, cementum and periodontal ligament can form on previously diseased root surfaces. The laser’s fiber optic tip removes diseased tissue and kills bacteria in the pockets. Healthy tissue is minimally affected by the laser. An ultrasonic scaler and/or hand tools then remove the loosened calculus deposits. The laser makes another pass on a different setting to kill bacteria in the bottom of the pockets and on the bone. The laser also stimulates formation of sticky fibrin clots to seal the pockets and allow regeneration of bone and other soft tissue.
We believe LANAP will issue in a new standard of care in the preservation of teeth, just like dental implants offered a new standard of care in tooth replacement. In addition to the clinical benefits and limitations, laser therapy benefits for patients include significantly less pain, recession, bleeding, root sensitivity, and minimal swelling and downtime after treatment. Less downtime is cost effective because patients don’t have to miss work (usually 2-3 days with conventional treatment).
Laser treatment can be achieved, in most cases, in only one visit because the new laser therapy eliminates the separate deep scaling visits. This makes it ideal for patients who are fearful of conventional periodontal deep scaling and surgery or are about to undergo cardiovascular/joint replacement surgery. Control of oral infection is an important consideration in the successful medical surgical outcome. Of course, maintenance visits and good plaque control will be necessary following laser treatment.