What is LANAP?
LANAP is an acronym that stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. It has revolutionised the treatment of gum disease by combining the most effective and established methods of treatment with the precision of a special laser.
Is LANAP right for me?
If you've ever been told you have gum disease or need gum surgery, you can take advantage of the tremendous benefits that LANAP laser gum therapy offers. If your gums have become swollen, red or infected we can help.
24% of healthy Australian adults aged 18 and over have moderate to severe gum disease (periodontitis), while 60% of Australians aged 74 and older suffer. However, many avoid seeking treatment because of their aversion to the discomfort that often results from traditional periodontal gum surgery.
LANAP is changing this, however, by providing an alternative to traditional periodontal surgery that is every bit as effective and much more beneficial to the patient, both in the short term and in the long run.
Benefits of LANAP
LANAP offers tremendous benefits for patients including:
Little or no damage to healthy tissue due to the precision of the laser technology
Faster recovery time
Less trauma to teeth and gumline
How does LANAP work?
Traditional periodontal therapy removes tissue height to reduce the pocket depths. On the other hand, LANAP is a regenerative procedure; the patient does not lose tissue volume, and bone is regenerated.
The special type of laser used in LANAP is the ND:YAG, a crystal-based laser that can be used on both hard and soft tissues. The specific wavelength of the laser allows it to remove diseased tissue and leave the healthy gum tissue. The Periolase MVP-7 ND:YAG laser is the ONLY laser that can be used when performing the LANAP protocol.
Because LANAP is much less traumatic to the teeth and gumline than traditional gum surgery, it is much easier on the patient during the procedure, the patient experiences less post operative discomfort, and the mouth heals much more quickly.
A. A perio probe determines the degree of excessive pocket depth and helps the dentist better identify diseased tissue and areas of bacterial infection.
B. The laser removes diseased tissue, while the heat of the laser kills the bacteria.
C. The dentist removes the tartar from the root surface using an ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments.
D. The laser is used to clean the pocket one more time.
E. The gum is sealed closed to prevent further infection.
F. Any occlusal interferences (high biting spots) are smoothed down to create even force on the tooth.
G. Over time the bone regenerates and the periodontal ligament re-attaches to the tooth.