November 30, 2015
Some research estimates that as much as 80% of US adults suffer from some form of periodontal (gum) disease, and the advanced form, periodontitis, is the leading cause of tooth loss in the US. Gum disease occurs as a result of plaque irritating gums. The mild form of periodontal disease is called gingivitis, and can typically be treated with more frequent teeth cleanings. Left untreated, the irritated gum tissue forms sores and pockets between the teeth and gums. At this point, treatment becomes much more difficult. LANAP treatment is an innovative periodontal therapy that significantly reduces healing time, discomfort, and risk for recurrence.
What is LANAP?
LANAP stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, and is an innovative dental procedure for treating periodontal disease. In the past, treatment for moderate to severe periodontal disease required surgical removal of affected tissue that could take several weeks or months to heal. Patients who struggle with immune compromising illnesses frequently struggle with treating periodontal disease as they often find themselves unable to fully heal following treatment. LANAP significantly reduces healing time, and laser therapy actually helps gum tissue heal during treatment. There is minimal bleeding, irritation, and swelling following LANAP treatment.
How Does LANAP Work?
Before LANAP there were other laser gum disease treatments, but only the LANAP treatment protocol offers patients immediate anti-bacterial impact, reduced healing time, and less instances of gum disease recurrence. There are five steps in the process. The first step is local anesthesia administration, and measurement of gum pocket depth. Then, the laser is used to remove bacteria and inflamed or infected gum tissue. An ultrasonic tool is used for scaling and root planing (removal of bacteria and smoothing of the root surface), and a second pass of the laser disinfects and jump starts the healing process. The blood clot formed during the second round of laser treatment creates a natural fibrin seal when gum tissue is compressed to the tooth, and dental structure is shaped to fit within the bite. Reattachment and restored oral health occurs within a year. Compared to more traditional laser, ultrasonic, or manual procedures, LANAP is much more effective at the long term removal and protection from bacterial pathogens. In fact, a 2014 study compared the results of LANAP-treated patients to those who received ultra-sonic treatment, and revealed that 100% of ultra-sonic patients remained positive for bacterial growth after treatment, versus just 15% of LANAP patients.
Is Treatment with LANAP Right for Me?
If you have struggled with moderate or severe gum disease, LANAP treatment offers a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgical removal of infected tissue. Contact Metropolitan Periodontics & Implantology to find out more about LANAP or any of our other services.
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