Bloomsburg and Danville PA
What is LANAP?
LANAP, Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is FDA approved laser surgery that reverses the effects of periodontal (gum) disease.
Gum disease causes deep pockets to form under the gum tissue surrounding the roots of teeth. These pockets, known as “perio pockets,” harbor
bacteria and tartar that cause gum infections and erosion of the jawbone. To stop the progression of this disease, the “perio pockets” must be cleaned and any diseased tissue removed to allow for healthy tissue to regenerate.
• By using a special laser, the dentist removes only the diseased tissue leaving the healthy tissue in place. The PerioLase laser fiber is small, flexible, and about as wide as a paperclip. As the laser removes damaged tissue, it also kills bacteria and cauterizes the tissue which results in a quicker recovery.
• Once the diseased tissue has been removed, the teeth and their roots are thoroughly cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler and hand instruments to ensure there is no plaque or tartar left behind to fester another infection.
• The laser is then switched to a different setting to help stimulate tissue so that a blood clot can form. The purpose of the clot is to help seal the gums around the teeth, preventing bacteria from entering the pocket again. Now, healing can begin as new, healthy tissue regenerates.
• Following your procedure, you will be provided with specific post-op care instructions, as well as returning to the office for a follow-up visit for the dentist to assess your healing progress.
The LANAP Difference
In recent years, LANAP has become the preferred method of treating periodontitis, or gum disease. The healing time is much faster and easier for the patient, unlike
with traditional gum surgery that requires a scalpel, cutting of tissue, sutures, and longer recovery period.
LANAP provides the following benefits:
- Faster Recovery
- Little to no pain
- Minimal bleeding
- No sutures
- No cutting of gum tissue
- Reduces gum inflammation and bleeding
- Eliminates bacteria
- Removes minimal amount of gum tissue
- Ideal for patients with certain pre-existing conditions (or who take blood thinners)
If you have gum disease, it should not be ignored as it can lead to many other systemic diseases and health problems. Treating your gum disease can lead to a healthier smile that makes you proud.
If you are interested in learning more about laser surgery to treat your gum disease, please contact the Hamilton Dental Care office at (570) 387-0533 to schedule a consultation.
Hamilton Dental Care is here to serve patients in the communities of Bloomsburg, Danville, and Lewisburg, PA.