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Close up of hand holding a laserIn the heart of The Big Easy, a revolutionary approach to periodontal care has emerged, offering a minimally invasive solution for individuals grappling with gum disease. LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) has become a beacon of hope, providing a patient-friendly alternative to traditional gum surgery.

LANAP is available at Canatella Dental for patients suffering from gum disease. Its minimally invasive approach, precision, and long-term benefits make it a preferred choice for those seeking transformative periodontal care. From its laser-powered healing process to the contrast with traditional gum surgery, LANAP is changing the way we do dentistry, one precise laser treatment at a time.

What is LANAP?

LANAP is an advanced and minimally invasive laser treatment designed to address gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Unlike traditional gum surgery, which involves cutting and sutures, LANAP utilizes a specialized laser to selectively target diseased tissue while preserving healthy gums. This procedure aims to stimulate tissue regeneration and reattachment, promoting the restoration of a healthy and stable oral environment.

How LANAP Works

LANAP employs a specifically designed laser, such as the PerioLase MVP-7, to deliver energy to the diseased areas. The laser selectively targets bacteria, damaged tissue, and debris without affecting healthy structures. The laser's energy vaporizes and removes the targeted diseased tissue. This process is highly precise, minimizing trauma to the gums and surrounding areas.

LANAP stimulates the regeneration of supportive structures, including bone, blood vessels, and collagen. As the laser works, it also creates a sealed blood clot around the treated area. This clot acts as a protective barrier, minimizing post-operative discomfort and promoting a quicker and more comfortable recovery.

Advantages of LANAP

LANAP's minimally invasive approach reduces the need for cutting and sutures, leading to less discomfort and a faster recovery. The laser technology precisely targets diseased tissue while preserving healthy structures, promoting a more comfortable patient experience.

One of the unique strengths of LANAP is its ability to stimulate tissue regeneration. The laser's energy promotes the formation of new collagen, bone, and blood vessels, contributing to the restoration of healthy gum tissue and supporting structures.

LANAP selectively targets diseased tissue, leaving healthy gums untouched. This preservation of healthy tissue is crucial for maintaining the natural architecture of the gums and minimizing post-operative complications.

LANAP vs. Traditional Gum Surgery

LANAP and traditional gum surgery represent distinct approaches to addressing gum disease, with LANAP offering several advantages in terms of comfort, precision, and recovery. First of all, traditional gum surgery often involves cutting and sutures, leading to post-operative pain and discomfort. Because LANAP is minimally invasive, this results in reduced trauma to the treated areas, along with less pain, swelling, and a faster recovery.

LANAP Procedure Steps

Initial Examination and Planning

LANAP begins with a comprehensive initial examination and planning phase. During this stage, Dr. Canatella assesses the extent of gum disease, measures pocket depths, and evaluates the overall oral health. Advanced diagnostic tools, such as digital imaging, are often used to gather precise information.

Based on the assessment, we will create a personalized treatment plan. LANAP's laser technology allows for precise and targeted treatment, enabling periodontists to address gum disease with a high degree of accuracy.

Laser Treatment Process

The laser energy is directed into the pockets between the teeth and gums, where it removes bacteria and diseased tissue. Simultaneously, the laser stimulates the regeneration of supporting structures, promoting the formation of new collagen, bone, and blood vessels.

Recovery and Aftercare

LANAP's minimally invasive nature translates to a quicker and more comfortable recovery compared to traditional gum surgery. Most patients can resume normal activities within a day or two after the procedure.

Dr. Canatella will provide instructions for post-operative care. These may include dietary recommendations, oral hygiene practices, and any prescribed medications. Regular follow-up appointments allow us to monitor the healing process and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.

Candidates for LANAP

LANAP is particularly effective for individuals diagnosed with periodontitis, a progressive form of gum disease characterized by inflammation and damage to supporting structures. LANAP is also a good choice for individuals who prefer a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum surgery. LANAP is often a viable option for individuals with certain health considerations that may impact their ability to undergo more invasive procedures.

LANAP Success Rates and Long-term Benefits

LANAP has demonstrated high success rates in effectively treating gum disease and promoting tissue regeneration. The precision of the laser technology contributes to consistent and favorable outcomes.

Beyond immediate results, LANAP provides long-term oral health benefits. Patients often experience improved gum health, reduced pocket depths, and enhanced stability of the teeth over time. LANAP's ability to stimulate tissue regeneration and create a sealed blood clot helps minimize the risk of disease recurrence. This contributes to the long-term stability of the treated areas. The regeneration of bone, blood vessels, and collagen supports the preservation of critical supporting structures, preventing the progression of gum disease and promoting overall oral health.

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Is LANAP painful?

No, LANAP is designed as a minimally invasive procedure and is typically associated with less pain compared to traditional gum surgery. Local anesthesia is administered to ensure a pain-free experience during the procedure. Most patients report minimal pain or discomfort during and after LANAP, and any post-operative discomfort is usually managed effectively with over-the-counter pain medications.

How long does the LANAP procedure take?

The duration of the LANAP procedure can vary based on the extent of gum disease and the number of affected areas. Generally, LANAP is performed in two sessions, with each session lasting approximately two to four hours. The initial session focuses on one half of the mouth, and the second session addresses the other half.

What is the recovery period like after LANAP?

One of the significant advantages of LANAP is its quick and comfortable recovery period. Most patients can resume normal activities within a day or two after the procedure. However, they are advised to carefully follow their post-operative care instructions.

Are there any risks or side effects associated with LANAP?

LANAP is considered a safe and well-tolerated procedure with minimal risks and side effects. However, as with any medical intervention, there are some considerations you should know about. Some patients may experience mild soreness or sensitivity in the treated areas, which is manageable with over-the-counter pain medications.

In rare cases, temporary tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures may occur. It's essential to communicate any concerns or unusual symptoms to us promptly. LANAP is generally suitable for a wide range of patients, but Dr. Canatella will conduct a thorough examination and discuss your medical history to ensure that it is the most appropriate treatment for your specific condition.

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