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LANAP Laser Dentistry

LANAP

LANAP, which stands for laser-assisted new attachment procedure, is an FDA-cleared laser treatment that offers a less painful, more successful treatment alternative to conventional surgery for periodontal disease (link to Gum Disease page). LANAP treatment protocol is one of the most successful protocols in treating gum disease. This is because it can target the source of the swelling and inflammation without damaging or removing any healthy gum tissue, allowing the body to recover from the chronic infection without the need for cutting with a scalpel or sutures.

LANAP steps diagram

Uses for LANAP Protocol

The LANAP protocol is used to:

  • Treat gum disease by removing only the damaged tissue and avoiding the removal of any healthy tissue.
  • Maintain the height of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth, which will help to minimize pain and discomfort.
  • Ensure a full closure of the periodontal pocket and allow healing to take place.

Helping to control and treat periodontal disease makes it much more likely to restore and save teeth that may otherwise be hopeless.

LANAP Treatment Procedure

Below are the steps required when undergoing LANAP treatment:

  1. First, a perio-probe will indicate the pocket depth of the periodontal pockets
  2. Laser light will be used to remove diseased tissue and any remaining bacteria
  3. Special hand tools such as an ultrasonic scaler are used to remove tartar along the surface of the tooth’s roots
  4. Bone will be modified as needed
  5. The laser will finish cleaning the periodontal pockets and seal them off so that new germs are not allowed to enter in
  6. The bite trauma is adjusted, and healing is allowed to occur.

LAPIP

When periodontitis occurs around a dental implant instead of a natural tooth, it is known as peri-implantitis. Just like with periodontal disease, peri-implantitis is often the result of poor dental hygiene habits and early diagnosis is vital to saving the implant and restoring oral health.

LAPIP stands for laser-assisted peri-implantitis procedure. It is a laser-based approach to helping treat damaged or failing dental implants. LAPIP allows the patient an opportunity to protect the dental implant investment with no scalpel cutting, bone-grafting, or stitches. This means less pain, less bleeding, less swelling, less tissue removed, less downtime, and less recovery time.

LAPIP steps diagram

Uses for LAPIP Protocol

The LAPIP protocol allows for:

  • Removal of the diseased tissue without damage to healthy tissue
  • Elimination of the infection surrounding the implant
  • Helping to maintain the height of the gum tissue around the implant
  • Minimization of pain and discomfort
  • Closure of the periodontal pocket wound, allowing healing to occur

The LAPIP treatment protocol is a no-risk first-line treatment that can preserve other treatment options. The ability to control and treat peri-implantitis will allow you to save and protect your dental implant investment.

LAPIP Treatment Procedure

Below are the steps required when undergoing a LAPIP treatment:

  1. Perio probes will indicate the pocket depth of the periodontal pockets
  2. A laser will vaporize diseased tissue, bacteria, pathologic proteins, and any potential titanium corrosion contaminants in the soft tissue
  3. Ultrasonic scaler tips will be used to remove any surface accretions
  4. Bone will be modified at the time of surgery, if necessary
  5. A laser will be used to create a stable fibrin blood clot
  6. Occlusal trauma will be adjusted
  7. New attachment will be regenerated

If you suffer from gum disease in Littleton, Colorado and require gum surgery, please make an appointment with Dr. Jenkins at Littleton Implants & Periodontics. LANAP or LAPIP requires further training for Dr. Jenkins but offers the value of better precision and comfort to our patients.

 


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