LANAP stands for “laser-assisted new attachment procedure.” The LANAP protocol is a laser dentistry treatment option that treats gum disease. The LANAP protocol uses dental lasers to treat gum disease. Laser dentistry is more precise than manual methods, like scalpels, because it removes only targeted areas of tissue. The laser cauterizes as it cuts, so patients experience less bleeding, swelling, and post-treatment discomfort.
The LANAP protocol is less invasive than traditional gum surgery, like traditional cut and sew gum graft surgery. Gum surgery involves slicing away diseased tissue from around each tooth. This tissue is stitched to the gum line.
There are many benefits of LANAP treatment. The laser gum disease treatment is the only FDA-cleared method for treating periodontitis. This method is also minimally invasive, so there is very little discomfort during the procedure. In addition, patients can return to their daily activities immediately after treatment.
LANAP is a laser gum surgery. That means it is performed by a trained dentist, who uses a laser to remove diseased tissue, bacteria, and tartar buildup from below the gum line. This technique is as safe and effective as traditional gum surgery. It also provides several benefits over traditional surgery.
Traditional gum surgery requires cutting the gums and using a scalpel or laser to reshape the gum line. Because LANAP doesn’t cut the gums, patients experience less bleeding and discomfort.
Patients also recover faster from LANAP than they would from traditional gum surgery. Patients can usually return to work right after the procedure. Recovery from traditional surgery often takes between one and two weeks.
Most patients report feeling little to no pain after LANAP. This can be a positive alternative to advanced periodontitis surgery, which can involve invasive procedures, a lengthy recovery, and a greater risk of infection.
After LANAP, patients can expect:
The cost of LANAP depends on a number of factors, including how extensive the gum disease is and what treatments are necessary. LANAP has become a popular alternative to dental surgeries and is now covered by many insurances and dental plans. There are also payment plans available, so the cost of your treatment should not be an impediment to getting the care you need.