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What is LANAP?
Approved by the FDA, LANAP is a laser treatment that offers a less painful, more successful treatment alternative to conventional surgery. It has had scientifically proven results in true periodontal regeneration, new bone growth and gum tissue reattachment. How? Simply using 7 variable pulse durations that can be thought of as “different lasers” in one device as they have discriminating tissue interactions. The LANAP=LAR treatment is successful 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 decrease pocket depth, and allowing the body to recover from the chronic infection without needing a scalpel or sutures. This surgery gently and effectively clears away the bacteria causing gum disease with laser energy. A laser fiber the width of three human hairs just might be the way to go as it targets disease, but leaves healthy tissue intact.
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Compared to traditional osseous surgery, patients say the LANAP protocol has several benefits:
Less gum loss
Very little downtime after treatment
Less Post-op infections
Promotes regeneration of supporting gum tissues
Healing is perceived to be faster than conventional surgery
LANAP periodontal surgery is a full-mouth procedure usually completed in two, 2-hour visits. Splinting of loose teeth may occur during this visit, if necessary. One side of the mouth is completed during the first visit and the other side is then completed at the second visit the following week.
What to Expect After Treatment
Because this is a surgical procedure, your body will adjust depending on your individual pain tolerance. You may experience mild soreness of the treated areas, generally alleviated with Ibuprofen, a few days after surgery. The gum tissues around the teeth may even appear slightly discolored. Splints may be fabricated to stabilize and immobilize the teeth. Therefore, it is important that you wear these splints as instructed to promote healing. Expect to have your bite adjusted during visits several times over the coming months. This is also very important for healing.
-Do not brush or floss for the first 7-10 days after treatment.
-Follow a soft diet as recommended by your treating dentist.
-Do not smoke (it impairs the body’s defense mechanisms).
According to the American Dental Association, the Council is optimistic regarding the potential for lasers to enhance effectiveness in treating periodontitis. But dentists should note that this study provides no more than pilot validation for this treatment concept. The study was not blinded, and the sample size was small thereby limiting extrapolation of the results to the general population. Further, pre-treatment notches in the teeth were difficult to place, hard to know exactly where they were placed and are difficult to clearly detect on histological specimens. Moreover, the advanced periodontal destruction initially present in these 6 test teeth make it difficult to extrapolate these results to cases of early and moderate chronic periodontitis, where the anatomic environment, laser energy distribution and clinical outcome may differ substantially. It is also unclear what laser-based “sealing” of a treated periodontal sulcus is and, if real, what benefits it might provide. Additional clinical data from properly designed clinical trials with adequate sample sizes are still required before it can be known to what extent LANAP is safe and effective across the spectrum of patients with chronic periodontitis. The Council therefore cautions clinicians to weigh the available evidence for LANAP when considering the options available for treatment of the periodontal diseases.