LANAP - Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure
What is LANAP?
LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is a patented treatment used with the Periolase laser system. This specific protocol has obtained FDA approval for gum disease treatment. Dr. Yeong Kim is the first dentist in Northern Nevada to be certified in LANAP. This approach is ideal for patients who have a fear associated with conventional surgery, becasue LANAP involves no incisions with a scalpel, no sutures, and less post-opertive discomfort. Less time in the dental chair, less gum recession, and faster post-operative recovery are other benefits of LANAP.
What is Periodontal Disease?
It's an infection of the gums. It starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form calculus or tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria which attacks the soft tissue around the gums. This early stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis. Symptoms include red swollen gums, bleeding, bad breath and, sometimes, an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis. At this severe stage, bacteria destroys both the gums and the supporting bone structure. Pockets form where teeth are separated from the gums and surrounding bones. Left untreated, Periodontitis often results in tooth loss.
Signs that you may have periodontal disease:
- Bleeding while brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Swollen, red, painful gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Chronic Bad breathe
- Gum tissue missing between your teeth
What are the benefits of LANAP?
Because of its less invasive nature, there are a number of noticeable advantages and benefits that LANAP offers over traditional surgery. For one thing, there is a much faster recovery time because most, if not all, damage to healthy tissue is proactively averted by through the use of more advanced, precision technology. Because LANAP selectively removes diseases tissue, the height of the gums themselves around the teeth is much better preserved, and there is also much less post-operative stress to the mouth.
For many people as well, the aversion to surgery is motivated by time constraints as much as it is motivated by an aversion to pain. Traditional dental surgery normally takes four 1-hour sessions with multiple visits for suture removal and checkups. LANAP, on the other hand, takes only 2, 2-hour sessions and two follow-up visits. This means more can be done with fewer days off, and typical recovery is almost always less than 24-hours, making an immediate return to work both possible and comfortable.
Does LANAP cure gum disease entirely?
LANAP procedure does not cure gum disease entirely, but does eradicate the bacteria-infected tissue and removes all disease-causing bacteria from the mouth. Through regeneration and restoration of connective tissue forming the periodontal ligament, the teeth and gums can then heal naturally while being monitored as a form of “maintenance” to protect against re-infection.
Patients are also advised on steps to take that reduce risk of periodontal disease. These steps include:
- Following recommended dental hygiene practices for diet, brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash
- Using a soft toothbrush that will not irritate the gums, increase sensitivity or cause damage to tooth enamel
- Attending regular appointments with the dentist or dental hygienist for cleaning and to check for symptoms of gum disease or periodontitis
With help from dental professionals, people can learn how best to look after their oral and overall health, so that diseases like periodontitis can be prevented or controlled. This laser is not a magic wand, there is still no 100% cure for periodontal disease. Conventional flap surgery is always offered as an option to our patients, and in some cases it will still be the best option.
To find out if LANAP is a solution for you, call our office for a free LANAP consultation today.