What is the LANAP Laser Treatment?
LANAP Laser Treatment is the only scientifically, research proven methodology that results in true periodontal regeneration, which means new bone growth and gum tissue reattachment. This treatment is one of the most successful protocols in treating gum disease because it can target the source of the inflammation without hurting or removing any healthy gum tissue, slow or stop attachment loss, and allowing the body to recover from the chronic infection without the need for scalpel or sutures.
What are the benefits of LANAP Laser Treatment?
The LANAP protocol is the only laser gum disease treatment FDA cleared for True Regeneration. Simply put, the LANAP protocol can re-grow the tissues and bone lost to gum disease. Fear of periodontal treatment also tends to vanish when patients find out no scalpel or sutures will be used. Further patient benefits are as follows:
- Less pain
- Less bleeding
- Less sensitivity
- Less gum loss
- Less swelling
- Very little downtime after treatment
- Less Post-op infections
- Promotes regeneration of supporting gum tissues
- Healing is perceived to be faster and more comfortable than conventional surgery
Does LANAP Laser Treatment hurt?
Although the procedure itself can be virtually painless, Dr. Wehrle may anesthetize the area for the patient’s comfort. In this way he can precisely direct the laser for treatment. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and of short duration.
How does the LANAP Laser Treatment work?
The LANAP protocol is performed in Dr. Wehrle’s office under local anesthesia. Prior to the procedure, the dentist does a periodontal charting and takes X-rays to make a paper diagnosis and determine the extent of the disease syndrome. A tiny laser fiber (about the thickness of three human hairs) is inserted between the tooth and the gum, and the infection and disease are cleared away without cutting the gums. The tooth roots are then thoroughly cleaned of tartar and plaque, and the laser is used again with a different setting to create a stable, firm fibrin blood clot to seal the pocket. Dr. Wehrle treats one half of the patient’s mouth at each session, and most patients are able to drive themselves back to work or home following the procedure. The dentist will likely recommend a soft diet for several days, but in most cases, patients feel well enough to eat their typical diet soon after the procedure.
Who is a good candidate for the LANAP Laser Treatment?
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.