Gum disease can cause significant and lasting damage to your soft tissue and teeth if left untreated. Unfortunately, traditional periodontal surgery requires the use of scalpels and sutures that can be painful and require extensive recovery.
The good news is, there’s a minimally-invasive alternative for patients suffering moderate to severe gum disease. Dr. Joel Henriod and the team of dental professionals at StarWhite Dental are pleased to offer Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP, which relies on a precision dental laser to remove damaged tissue and spur regeneration. In fact, it’s the only procedure of its kind cleared by the FDA to regrow new cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone.
What is the LANAP protocol and what can you expect when you undergo this gum disease treatment? What advantages can you gain by choosing LANAP?
WHAT IS LANAP?
An FDA-cleared laser treatment called the LANAP protocol offers a less painful, more successful treatment alternative to conventional gum surgery.
LANAP is the only scientifically, research proven methodology that results in true periodontal regeneration, new bone growth and gum tissue reattachment.
The LANAP treatment is one of the most successful protocols in treating gum disease because it can target the source of the inflammation without hurting or removing any healthy gum tissue, slow or stop attachment loss and decrease pocket depth, allowing the body to recover from the chronic infection without the need for scalpel or sutures.
Dr. Joel Henriod is certified in LANAP. Dr. Henriod is one of the most experienced dentists in the country with LANAP and has completed thousands of cases.
What to Expect with the LANAP Protocol
The process begins with an oral exam to determine if you’re a good candidate for LANAP treatment. X-rays may be necessary to complete a full diagnosis. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss treatment options, learn about LANAP, and decide if it is the right treatment for you.
If you elect to proceed with LANAP, you will be scheduled for two, 2-hour sessions, or you have the option to complete the treatment in one longer session. Before treatment, you will receive local anesthetic to ensure optimal comfort throughout the procedure.
From there, a miniscule laser fiber, about the width of three human hairs, will be used to eliminate infected and diseased tissue around the roots of each tooth. This instrument is so precise that it will not affect healthy tissue.
Tartar and plaque will then be scaled from the roots before the laser is once again employed (on a different setting) to finish cleaning the area and stimulate the formation of a fibrin blood clot to seal the gum pocket. With less bleeding and tissue damage, many patients are able to return to normal activities the following day.
ADVANTAGES OF LANAP
- Significantly less recovery time vs. traditional gum surgery (back to work the next day)
- Laser use avoids the need for stitching
- little to no pain (patients usually use 1 to 2 doses of over the counter pain medicine)
- As good if not better results than traditional gum surgery
- Fewer visits (Dr. Henriod usually completes procedure in one 4 hour visit with sedation or 2 two hour visits without sedation).
When you need a periodontics specialist to treat your moderate to severe gum disease, contact the professionals at StarWhite Dental at 951-698-4426 or online to schedule a consultation and find out if you’re a good candidate for LANAP.