Gum disease can be painful and lead to chronic bad breath, tooth loss, and health problems throughout your body. It can be serious enough that you might need periodontal surgery. Luckily, Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP, offers an alternative to invasive periodontal surgery, as it uses a laser instead of a scalpel to perform the procedure.
Before LANAP, dentists could offer only medications and surgery to patients with gum disease. Now, laser technology offers new advantages over these previous treatment methods, including:
Periodontal surgery usually involves folding back the pockets of gums around your teeth to remove plaque deposits. The periodontist stitches the gums back into place afterwards so that they fit tightly around the teeth. With LANAP, the periodontist can use a laser that is about the size of three hairs to clean away infection between the tooth and gum.
Shorter Time Commitment
After an initial consultation and x-rays, the dentist schedules the LANAP procedure if it's right for you. Depending on the extent of your gum disease, you will most likely only have to undergo one session lasting two hours or less. The procedure requires only a local anesthetic, so patients generally return to work the same day, and recovery takes about 24 hours, rather than two to four weeks as was required with previous surgical options.
Patients who take medications such as aspirin or blood thinners can safely have the LANAP procedure, as the laser seals the tissue as it cuts and there is little to no bleeding. There's no general anesthesia involved, and patients who have LANAP procedures usually have to eat soft foods for only a day or two, until the tissues heal and tenderness subsides.
Periodontists who perform LANAP should have the appropriate training to use this laser technology. Dr. Ron VanWechel of Colorado Advanced Dentistry is certified in LANAP. Call our office today at (720) 420-1103 to learn more about LANAP.