Until recently, getting rid of gum disease meant undergoing invasive and painful mouth surgery. Luckily, recent advances in dental technology have given us the LANAP laser gum treatment. Also known as Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, LANAP is a drastically less invasive alternative to traditional mouth surgery.
- How LANAP Attacks Gum Disease
LANAP is a laser gum treatment that selectively removes diseased gum tissue in order to encourage the gums to reattach to teeth. Another setting on the laser creates a blood clot to seal the pocket, allowing the gums to reattach. The laser used in the LANAP procedure is a tiny fiber optic device, meaning it is about the diameter of 3 human hairs.
- Advantages of LANAP
LANAP represents a significant upgrade over traditional surgery. The procedure itself lasts only about 2 hours and involves only a pair of follow-ups. Recovery time is short, only about 24 hours, so you won’t miss significant time at work. Additionally, the procedure is minimally invasive, limiting pain. Most importantly, 98% of LANAP patients remain stable after 5 years, compared to just 5% of traditional periodontal surgery patients.
- Aesthetic Advantages of LANAP
Because the LANAP laser gum treatment selectively removes only diseased gum tissue, far less of the gum is removed than under traditional surgery. What this means is that the height of the gums is not reduced, which maximizes your smile.
While the LANAP protocol may only have been around for about 12 years, it represents a clean break in medical technology. Traditional periodontal surgery is now, officially, outdated. For more information about the LANAP laser gum treatment, give us a call at (303) 986-9337. Colorado Advanced Dentistry has been specializing in treating gum disease with LANAP since 2006. We are a full-service cosmetic dental practice, offering dental implants, crowns and veneers to patients throughout the Denver metro area.