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LANAP: The Latest Laser Gum Treatment  

If you have gum problems, LANAP laser gum treatment could be a good choice for you.

Lasers are being used regularly by periodontists and dentists for a variety of gum issues.

In this article...Laser vs traditional surgery and an animated video demonstration 

Lasar assisted new attachment procedure or LANAP is a more comfortable way to treat periodontal disease.

The LANAP treatment combines deep cleaning or root planing with laser treatment saving you 2-4 appointments. 

LANAP Laser gum treatment vs traditional gum surgery

Nd:YAG (Neodymium: Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) laser is used for LANAP or laser assisted new attachment procedure.

It is done instead of traditional periodontal surgery and is less painful and has a shorter recovery time.

PerioLase made by Millenium Dental Technologies is a Nd:YAG laser.

Advantages of Periolase

Recovery time form LANAP is 24 hours compared to 2-4 weeks for traditional periodontal surgery.

Tooth sensitivity (a common side effect of traditional periodontal surgery) is less likely.

No cutting or suturing.

Results may be longer lasting.

Scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) are part of the procedure vs being done in 2-4 separate appointments.

How periolase is done...

  1. Laser energy targets the bacteria infecting the gums as well as the diseased tissue.
  2. A dentist uses an ultrasonic scaler and hand instruments to deep clean your teeth.
  3. A second laser treatment is done.

Ask your dentist, hygienist or periodontist if this procedure is a good option for you. All dental lasers currently available on the US market have been FDA approved.


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