LANAP® Laser Gum Treatment
Over 80% of US adults suffer from some degree of gum disease, making it one of the most common diseases in America. Yet, only 60% know they have it. And worse yet, only 3% of adults with moderate to severe levels of gum disease will accept treatment—mostly due to fear. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to receding gums, loss of bone, and ultimately, tooth loss.
However, there is an excellent option for patients who are fearful of conventional scalpel surgery—the LANAP® protocol. A minimally invasive laser treatment that can often reverse gum disease, the LANAP protocol is the only treatment scientifically and clinically proven to regenerate both soft tissue and bone.
What Is the LANAP Protocol?
The LANAP protocol is a minimally invasive gum disease treatment that uses a specific dental laser, the PerioLase® MVP-7™. The LANAP protocol is the first and only protocol to receive FDA clearance for True Regeneration, which is re-growing new cementum, new periodontal ligament, and new alveolar bone. These three components are needed for full oral function. The LANAP protocol has been in widespread use by the dental community for many years.
What Are the Benefits of the LANAP Protocol for the Treatment of Gum Disease?
Less post-operative pain—Using the PerioLase MVP-7 dental laser, the LANAP protocol helps avoid cutting and stitching of the gums. As a result, patients usually have minimal post-operative discomfort.
Quicker recovery time—Most patients are able to return to their regular daily activities immediately following the procedure, which generally requires less than a 24-hour recovery period. Following traditional scalpel and suture surgery, recovery can take two to four weeks, during which patients can experience considerable pain and swelling.
Healthy gums with minimal recession—When your gums are cut, the tissue shrinks and can show more of your tooth root. Because the LANAP protocol does not cut your gums, the tissue stays intact.
Regeneration without foreign materials—Because the PerioLase laser stimulates your body’s own healing response, your LANAP dentist doesn’t have to add foreign ‘growth factors.’
Some of the primary benefits of LANAP laser surgery, compared to traditional cut-and-sew surgery, are:
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