How does LANAP® work?
(Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
Basic Steps of LANAP® Protocol
When the early stages of gum disease are left untreated and progress to the stages of advanced periodontitis, the bacteria that multiply in the mouth can destroy connective tissue and bones supporting your teeth. When periodontal pockets form and progressively deepen, your teeth can become loose and you might even end up losing them. Associates of Dental Arts provides an advanced treatment of gum disease with the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®). If gum disease has reached the advanced stages, you will need to seek out aggressive gum disease treatment as soon as possible.
How LANAP® Works:
Here is a closer look at what you can expect when you go in for undergoing LANAP® treatment for gum disease:
1. Periodontal Pocket Measurement - Our team will use a small ruler to measure the depth of the periodontal pockets and to determine how much gum-to-tooth attachment loss has occurred. 2. Removal of Bacteria - The pulsed laser light from the PerioLase® MVP-7™ will be used to destroy the infection in the mouth and remove bacteria beneath the gum line. Healthy tissue is left untouched, so you will not experience discomfort and can enjoy a fast healing time. 3. Calculus Removal – Tartar (calculus) deposits that have formed under the gum line are removed with an ultrasonic scaler. These deposits cannot be removed with the laser alone, but the laser can help to denature the calculus for easier removal with the ultrasonic scaler. 4. Clotting - The laser is passed over the treated area one more time to remove any remaining bacteria and to stimulate the clotting process. The blood helps to form a sticky seal around the pocket so that new germs cannot enter the area. This creates a sanitary environment and promotes the healing process. 5. Tissue Compression - The tissue recompresses against the root surfaces of the teeth naturally. 6. Bite Adjustment - Our team will adjust your bite and check your teeth to make sure everything is aligned properly and that no extensive trauma has occurred.