Laser-assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)
The PerioLase laser is a patient-friendly, less traumatic and virtually painless, alternative to conventional gum surgery. Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (the LANAP protocol) is an FDA-approved patented therapy designed for the treatment of periodontal disease. There is no cutting or stitching of the gums during this surgery.
Following are commonly asked questions about this technology.
How does it work?
A small amount of laser energy from the PerioLase is directed through a tiny fiber that is gently placed between the gum and tooth. This laser light energy removes infected tissue at the cellular level and aids in reducing the bacteria associated with periodontal disease. Next, tartar (associated with swollen and bleeding gums) is removed from the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic cleaning instrument. Finally, a second pass with the laser produces a seal around the gums and the teeth.
Does it hurt?
Although the procedure itself can be virtually painless, we anesthetize the area and utilize conscious sedation for the patient’s comfort. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and of short duration.
How long does it take?
Depending on the severity of the patient’s periodontal disease, most treatment can be accomplished in one office visit. The estimated treatment time is reviewed with patients at the conclusion of the initial exam.
Does this treatment cost more than traditional gum surgery?
Typically the laser treatment is generally no more expensive than traditional periodontal surgery. There are other factors which may affect the cost, such as the severity of the periodontal disease and how many teeth are involved. Patients should discuss their payment options with the dental office personnel as we offer financing for this treatment.
We do encourage patients to take care of the need now to reduce further damage to their gums, teeth and bone.