Studies estimate that over 50% of American adults have Gum Disease – an infection below the gum line. Gum disease has been linked to a number of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pre-term babies.
LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is a laser-based approach to treating gum disease and failing or ailing dental implants. The LANAP® protocol uses the specific wavelength PerioLase® MVP-7™ dental laser to vaporize bacteria deep within the pockets of the gums while leaving healthy tissue intact. Generally, this method of treatment is less invasive than traditional surgery, leaving patients with less pain and discomfort during and after the procedure.
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· Reduced Gum Inflammation and Bleeding
The LANAP® protocol uses laser light energy to eliminate the bacteria that cause gum disease, and help your mouth recover faster.
· Saves Teeth
Patients can keep their natural teeth, sometimes even when the teeth have been deemed ‘hopeless’ with traditional treatments. *Keeping your natural teeth has been linked to a longer lifespan!*
· Minimal Recovery Time
Faster Healing – LANAP® treatment is minimally invasive and allows the body to recover and heal more quickly.
· Less Pain/Sensitivity/Swelling than Traditional Surgery
Patients report less discomfort during and after surgery, allowing them to quickly return to their daily routine.
Who is a candidate for LANAP® laser surgery?
Patients with moderate-to-severe gum disease can especially benefit from the LANAP protocol. The LANAP protocol is also an excellent treatment option for patients who are fearful of conventional scalpel surgery and patients taking certain medications, such as blood thinners. With the LANAP protocol, patients typically do not have to stop taking any medications. (Before recommending treatment or performing any procedure, Dr. Laro or Dr. Poston will perform a thorough examination in order to assess the condition of your teeth, gums and underlying bone.)
Why is it important to get my gum disease treated?
The health risks of gum disease go far beyond the loss of teeth. There is a connection between gum disease and a number of serious medical conditions. Gum disease has also been linked to other health problems, including respiratory disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, certain cancers, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction, HPV, and pregnancy complications.
Can the LANAP protocol help my dental implants?
Yes! The PerioLase® MVP-7™, we can also be used to help treat dental implants with bone loss in a similar manner, using the LAPIP™ protocol. We use the same laser, but different laser settings and light exposure that will help your implant stabilize while destroying periodontal pathogens and endotoxins.
About Gum Disease
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease begins when a film called plaque accumulates on the teeth and calcium from saliva hardens the plaque—this calcified plaque is called tartar or calculus. Certain types of germs that live in this plaque and calculus damage gum tissue. Your body tries to fight this infection with an inflammatory attack, sending white blood cells to the area to destroy the bacteria. This inflammation causes the tissue to bleed easily when you brush or floss. This stage of the condition is called gingivitis.
If the infection and inflammation persist the result is a chronic inflammatory condition where, in addition to the gums, ligament and bone around the teeth are destroyed—often with no symptoms. At this stage it is called periodontitis.
Signs/Symptoms of Moderate-Advanced Gum Disease Include:
• Gums that are red, swollen, and bleed easily
• Gums that seem to have pulled away from the teeth
• Bad breath or halitosis
• Pus between your teeth and gums
• Teeth that seem to be loose or moving away from one another
• Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
• Change in the way your partial denture or implant-supported restorations fit
• Or no symptoms at all!