Laser Periodontal Therapy FAQs
What is LANAP laser periodontal therapy?
The LANAP protocol involves a scalpel-free, minimally invasive laser treatment that can reverse gum disease. The LANAP approach is the only treatment scientifically proven to regenerate bone and soft tissue.
The protocol uses the PerioLase® MVP-7 laser to stimulate the growth of new cementum, new periodontal ligaments, and new alveolar bone. It’s FDA-cleared and restores these three components necessary for full oral function.
Who is a candidate for LANAP laser periodontal therapy?
LANAP therapy offers many benefits compared to traditional oral gum surgery. These include:
- Less pain after the procedure
- Faster recovery time
- Restoration of healthy gums with minimal recession
- Regeneration of your natural tissue without the addition of outside growth factors
Recovery after surgery can take 2-4 weeks, but after LANAP, you usually need just 24 hours (or less) to heal. After the LANAP protocol, you experience less sensitivity and blood loss and fewer infections than you do with surgery.
Who is a candidate for LANAP laser surgery?
Men and women with moderate to severe gum disease benefit from the LANAP protocol. It is an alternative to scalpel osseous surgery, which can cause fear and discomfort.
What happens during LANAP treatment?
Prior to LANAP, the team at WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists checks your gums and takes X-rays so you get a proper diagnosis about the extent and severity of your periodontal disease.
During LANAP treatment, you’re placed under local anesthesia to numb sensation. The trained doctors use a tiny laser fiber and insert it between the tooth and the gum; the energy clears away infection and disease without cutting the gums. After thoroughly cleaning tartar and plaque, the laser is set on a different wavelength to create a stable, firm fibrin blood clot to seal the gum pocket.
Only one half of your mouth is treated at each session. Because no sedation or general anesthetic is used, you should be able to drive yourself after the procedure.
If you have periodontal disease and are looking for a surgery-free solution, call WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists or schedule an appointment using this website to find out about laser periodontal therapy.