Gum disease can be painful and uncomfortable, but treating it doesn't have to be. The Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) is a minimally-invasive form of laser gum disease surgery that does not harm healthy tissue. LANAP® is FDA-approved and widely regarded as the highest standard of gum disease treatment available.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that attacks your gums and supporting bone. Inflamed, irritated gum tissue and bone pull away from your teeth, forming pockets where plaque and bacteria build up underneath your gums.
Periodontal disease affects millions of Americans each year, yet very few actually seek treatment. This is largely because they don't understand the risk of complications that can arise.
If left untreated, gum disease can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and pancreatic cancer.
If you have gum disease, your best option is to remove bacteria and diseased tissue so your mouth can heal.
Traditional gum disease surgery uses a scalpel to cut away both healthy and unhealthy tissue. You lose healthy gum tissue and the tissue that is left is usually swollen and very sore following the procedure.
LANAP® uses a laser to remove only diseased gum tissue and specifically targets the bacteria primarily responsible for gum disease. It results in less pain and less bleeding than traditional gum disease surgery. In fact, patients rarely require pain medication following the procedure.
We use a highly intelligent laser called the PerioLase® MVP-7™ that can easily distinguish between healthy and diseased gum tissue. Dr. Cohen is trained and licensed to use the PerioLase® MVP-7™.
Historically, the only options for gum disease surgery involved the painful cutting and stitching of your gum tissue. With LANAP®, you can have a comfortable experience regenerating the gums and bone that support your teeth, helping them to last a lifetime!
Basic Steps of the LANAP® Protocol
Patients in need of gum disease treatment can receive the 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. LANAP® is a relatively painless procedure with few to no complications. It is a quick procedure that can repair gum health in just six short steps:
Measuring pocket depth - Before we can restore gum health, we must measure how much loss of gum attachment has occurred. To accomplish this, a small measuring instrument is used between the teeth and gum line to measure the depth of the periodontal pockets.
Removing the bacteria - The next step to restore gum health is to remove any bacteria and diseased tissue from the area. This is done using a laser rather than a blade, which is used in traditional gum disease treatments. Patients will experience less pain this way.
Removing calculus deposits and stimulating the bone - Ultrasonic scalers are used to remove calculus deposits from underneath the gum line. Further use of ultrasonic instruments is used to stimulate new bone-forming cells to come out of the bone which will help to form new bone around the teeth.
Forming a blood clot - The laser will make a second pass over the area to stimulate bone and soft-tissue growth. The laser 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 - The next step in the regeneration of gum health is to compress the tissue gently against the tooth. This is done 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.
LANAP® is a safe and pain-free way to repair gum health. By using a laser rather than a scalpel to remove unhealthy tissue, patients will experience less discomfort and a smaller chance of infection.
For patients making the choice between traditional and laser gum surgery, it is important to know what the differences are. LANAP® gum surgery provides patients with many benefits they can't get with traditional gum surgery, including:
Faster healing time - Laser gum surgery is less invasive and involves no cutting or stitching as opposed to the traditional methods. This means that there is a shorter amount of time required for healing.
Less pain - Because laser gum surgery uses no blades or sutures, there is very little pain or discomfort for the patient receiving this gum surgery alternative.
Reduced downtime - Because there is a very small amount of pain involved, patients rarely require medication following laser gum surgery. This means that you can get back to your daily routine almost immediately.
Little to no gum recession - Since laser gum surgery does not remove any healthy tissue from the area, there is less recession of the gum line.
Less inflammation - The PerioLase® MVP-7™ removes bacteria and diseased tissue without cutting the gums. This means that there is less inflammation of the gum line.
Minimal bleeding - With laser gum surgery, we're able to control the amount of bleeding. The laser can be used to create blood clots and stop the blood flow.
Bone and tissue regeneration - Laser gum surgery actually promotes bone and tissue regrowth after the procedure. This means that we can often save teeth that would typically need to be removed.
Reduced risk of infection - Because there is less bleeding and a shorter recovery period, laser gum surgery has a small risk of infection. This makes it more predictable with less chance of complication.