(Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
Basic Steps of the LANAP® Protocol
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease and are in need of treatment, you need to know the difference between traditional gum disease treatment and the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®). Traditional gum disease treatment relies on a scalpel to cut away and remove diseased tissue. Unfortunately, there is often a lot of collateral damage and some additional bone or tissue grafting may be required to reattach the tissue to the surface of the tooth. Although in some cases, the only viable option is traditional gum disease treatment, LANAP® is almost always an option.
LANAP® gum disease treatment does not use a blade or require stitches. Instead it uses a laser to remove bacteria in a minimally invasive way. In fact, the entire procedure is performed in just six short steps by Omaha periodontist, Dr. Stacy Moffenbier:
• Measurement of the pocket depths – First, your Omaha periodontist will need to measure the depth of your pockets to see how much loss of attachment has occurred.
• Then the laser will make it's first pass over the area and remove any bacteria and disease tissue. Because the laser is not absorbed by water, bone, or healthy tissue, this method of gum disease treatment is much less invasive than traditional gum disease treatment.
• The lasers themselves cannot remove calculus from the teeth, but they can help to denature it and enable easier removal. Your Omaha periodontist will use ultrasonic scalers for this part.
• The next step in LANAP® gum disease treatment is to stimulate bone and tissue regrowth. During this step, the laser will also create a blood clot, forming a clean and stable environment for healing to begin.
• Then we will recompress the tissue against the surface of the tooth. There are no sutures required for this step.
• The last and final step in LANAP® gum disease treatment is to check your bite and make any necessary adjustments. This is done to ensure that no considerable trauma has been done to your teeth.
LANAP® is less invasive than traditional gum disease treatment due to the lack of any cutting of tissue. The result is less pain and less bleeding for the patient. This is possible because the laser is operated at a wavelength that can differentiate between healthy and diseased tissue. For the first time, we are finally able to remove bacteria from gums without causing any unnecessary pain.
Dr. Stacy Moffenbier, a Periodontist located in Omaha, Nebraska, serves patients from Bellevue, NE, Springfield, NE, and Gretna, NE as well as other surrounding areas. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and encourage you to schedule an appointment today.