Laser Periodontal Therapy (“LANAP”)
Providing an alternative to traditional peridontal surgery, laser periodontal therapy is a revolutionary “no cutting-no stitching” surgical procedure. Known as “LANAP” or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, it begins with the periodontal probe measuring excessive pocket depth. Then the laser is used to selectively target and remove the diseased tissue and debris found underneath the gum within the pocket. Disease causing bacteria are killed, leaving the healthy gum tissue and a sterile environment.
Ultrasonic scalers and special hand instruments are used to clean and smooth the root surface. The laser is then used a second time to further clean under the gum and to aid in coagulation or clot formation. This clot acts like a bandage around the teeth to help promote rapid healing and new gum formation around the teeth.