What is the LANAP® Procedure?
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We are therefore pleased to introduce the LANAP® Procedure, an amazing breakthrough in periodontal treatments. If you have been told you need scalpel and suture gum surgery, there’s a laser alternative you need to learn about.
If you’re like 100 million other Americans, you could be one of 50% of Americans who have periodontal disease, the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontal disease starts off as plaque, an opaque film which eventually hardens, forming tartar or calculus.
Calculus deposits harbor bacteria which infect the gums. In early stages, this is called gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush your teeth. Many people experience bad breath and an unpleasant taste in their mouths as well. Unchecked, gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, a much more serious form of the disease where periodontal pockets are formed, separating teeth from the gums and supportive bone structure. Without treatment, infection becomes severe and the pockets deepen, resulting in tooth loss.
The way to repair the damage is to get rid of the infection and close up the pockets. Until now, that meant surgery and sutures. But today, Dr. G offers the LANAP® Protocol, a patient-friendly, minimally-invasive procedure that’s a great improvement over standard gum surgery.
In most cases, Dr. G will schedule a consultation to explain how the laser works and give you a demonstration. Next, Dr. G will take x-rays to make a definitive diagnosis and determine the extent of the infection. When you return for your first LANAP® Procedure treatment, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to eliminate any possible discomfort. A general anesthetic isn’t necessary, because the LANAP® Procedure is much less traumatic.
Why is the LANAP® Procedure Better?
- The LANAP® Procedure is about as easy as erasing a blackboard — there’s no cutting and no suturing.
- There’s much less discomfort with the LANAP® Protocol than with standard surgery — during and after the procedure.
- It takes less time than traditional surgery. All it takes is two 2-hour visits to our office and two follow up visits. Traditional surgery requires four sessions of about one hour each, with subsequent visits for suture removal and additional check-ups.
- LANAP® gives better, longer-lasting results. In fact, 98% of LANAP® treated patients remain stable after five years.
- There’s a less than 24 hour recovery period, so you won’t lose time from work.
- The LANAP® Procedure is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, and hemophilia, or for those taking medications such as Plavix or aspirin.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Periodontal Disease?
It’s an infection of the gums. It starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form calculus or tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria which attack the soft tissue around the gums. This early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Symptoms include red swollen gums, bleeding, bad breath, and sometimes an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Untreated, gingivitis becomes periodontitis. At this severe stage, bacteria destroy both the gums and the supporting bone structural pockets form where teeth are separated from the gums and surrounding bones. Left untreated, periodontitis eventually results in tooth loss.
What’s the best way to treat periodontal disease?
LANAP® surgical laser protocol alternative to gum surgery, is a less painful, less traumatic way to treat periodontal disease at any stage.
What’s different about the research proven LANAP® ?
The LANAP® Procedure uses a special kind of laser called the PerioLase® MVP-7™, invented by two dentists in Cerritos, California. The laser fiber, which is only about as wide as three human hairs, is inserted between the gum tissue and your tooth, where it painlessly removes the noxious elements that cause gum disease.
How many treatments will I need?
The LANAP® Procedure doesn’t take much time at all — just two two-hour sessions versus eight to ten one-hour sessions with surgery. You don’t have to worry about bleeding, stitches, or post-treatment infection, because your gums haven’t been cut.
What about recovery – will I be in pain or need to follow a special routine?
The sense of recovery is immediate, due to the laser’s ability to seal blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerve endings. Of course, your tissue needs time to recover, regenerate, and heal over the course of time, but after the LANAP® Procedure treatment, you can drive your car, go back to work, or do anything else you like.
I can see how good the LANAP® Procedure is – but is it very expensive and will my insurance cover it?
The good news is, the LANAP® Procedure is about the same as conventional surgery. There is no special code for our therapy, so if your insurance company will reimburse for conventional surgery, they will reimburse for the LANAP® Procedure. We can do a complimentary insurance check or we have financing options we can discuss with you. At any rate, we always will work out a solution!