LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure commonly referred to as LANAP is a patented treatment for periodontal disease using the Periolase Laser system.
The procedure utilizes a laser with a thin optic fiber. The fiber is inserted into the space between the tooth and the gum around all teeth where periodontal pocketing is located. Next, a comprehensive cleaning of the teeth and the areas below the gumline is completed, followed by a final pass with the laser.
Evaluating and adjusting patients' bite is the next step in treatment and is an important aspect of the protocol to assure proper healing through a balanced bite.
Finally, post-operative instructions specific to the LANAP protocol are given to the patient. These instructions include diet restrictions for one month and oral hygiene instructions. Patients are monitored for one month following treatment, and then every 3 months through periodontal maintenance appointments. In 12 months, a re-evaluation of the periodontal pocketing is performed to determine treatment results.
It is important to note that patients with periodontal disease must take an active role in their homecare if they hope to keep periodontal disease under control. Periodontal disease is not a curable disease. A patient will always be suseptible to the damage the oral bacteria can cause. However, with good and consistent home care along with regular recall appointments, maintaining good dental health can be a reality!