Basic Steps of the LANAP Protocol

No one wants to have gum disease, but there are lots of options available to help treat it. One of these options is Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®). With this laser gum disease treatment, patients can repair gum health without undergoing any painful cutting and stitching of the tissue. By using a laser rather than a scalpel to remove unhealthy tissue, patients will experience less discomfort and a smaller chance of infection. But what does it actually entail? Here is what you need to know:

Measuring pocket depth. First, we measure periodontal pockets how much loss of gum attachment has occurred with a small measuring instrument between the teeth and gum line.

Removing the bacteria. The next step is to remove any bacteria and diseased tissue from the area, using a laser rather than a traditional blade, making it less painful for the patient.

Removing calculus deposits and stimulating the bone. Ultrasonic scalers are used to remove calculus deposits from underneath the gum line. Ultrasonic instruments stimulate new bone-forming cells to come out of the bone, forming new bone around the teeth.

Blood clot formations. The treatment also causes the blood to clot and form a tight seal around the tooth. In this way, LANAP® can create a safe environment for the repair of bone and gum health.

Tissue compression. Next, we compress the tissue gently against the tooth, but without using sutures (stitches).

Adjustment of bite. During the final step of LANAP® gum disease treatment, patients will have their bite examined for signs of trauma and adjusted where there are spots of excessive force.

For more information about LANAP®, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at (561) 621-3111 or visit

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

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