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LANAP™

Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure - LANAP - is truly one of the most revolutionary developments in Periodontology. A noninvasive laser therapy for the treatment of periodontal disease, laser therapy is a virtually painless alternative to many of the more traditional surgical procedures associated with periodontal medicine. BPDI is excited to be leading the way in pioneering LANAP on the East Coast and bringing this new, less- painful approach to helping our patients achieve improved oral health and a more esthetic smile.

Click on the movie below to see how this exciting new therapy works.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LASER THERAPY?

As with other forms of periodontal therapy, a main goal of laser therapy is to stimulate regeneration of connective tissue and bone between the gums and teeth. Additionally, during treatment the heat of the laser causes instant clotting in the gum tissue that actually works to seal the gums and create a physical barrier to any new bacteria that might invade the gums in the future. LANAP is also an excellent approach for patients who want to improve the esthetics of their gum line with treatments such as cosmetic crown lengthening and tissue re-contouring procedures. For our patients who are candidates for laser therapy, other welcome benefits include less-painful treatment without cutting or stitches, less risk of infection, shorter appointment times, and an easy and fast recovery.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING AND AFTER LASER TREATMENT?

Before your laser treatment you will be given a local anesthetic to eliminate any possible discomfort. During the procedure a tiny laser fiber (about the thickness of three hairs) is inserted between the tooth and the gum to clear away infection, reduce inflammation, and trigger an immediate healing response in the tissue. You'll most likely feel well enough to go right back to work after your treatment. If necessary, Dr. Nevins will prescribe an oral antibiotic as a precaution against infection. A soft diet for a day or two is recommended, but most patients are able to eat anything they want right after the procedure. Best of all, your likely recovery period will be less than 24 hours.

Download Laser Therapy Postoperative Treatment Instructions (PDF)