Our practice offers a minimally
surgery procedure called the LANAP protocol.
Gum disease is a
chronic inflammatory disease
that destroys the tissue and bone around the
teeth. If left untreated, the disease can lead to
receding gums, loss of bone, and ultimately
Our doctors receive
intensive training in the
LANAP protocol by the Institute for Advanced
Laser Dentistry. The LANAP protocol is the
only laser periodontitis treatment scientifically
and clinically proven to regenerate both soft
tissue and bone, with FDA clearance for True
Regeneration. This gentle laser treatment is
performed in our practice with the only laser
specifically designed for the LANAP protocol - the PerioLase MVP-7.
The width of the surgical laser fiber tip is equivalent to the width of about three human hairs.
Before and After
X-rays showing bone improvement:
Photos showing tissue
improvement and pocket
depth reduction (probing):
About Gum Disease
What Are the Risk
Factors for Gum Disease?
Well known risk factors
for periodontitis include
genetics, stress, avoiding the dentist, no brushing
or flossing, and some medical conditions. Smokers
are significantly more
likely to develop gum disease
It's not just about
your teeth anymore - gum disease
has been linked to numerous health problems, with
new studies emerging all the time linking oral and
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease begins
when a film
accumulates on the teeth and calcium from saliva
hardens the plaque - this calcified plaque is called
tartar or calculus. Certain types of germs that live in
this plaque and calculus damage gum tissue. Your
body tries to fight this infection with an inflammatory
attack, sending white blood cells to the area to
destroy the bacteria. This inflammation causes the
tissue to bleed easily when you brush or floss. This
stage of the condition is called gingivitis.
If the infection and
inflammation persist the result
is a chronic inflammatory condition where the
gums, ligament and bone around the teeth are
destroyed - often with no symptoms. At this stage it is called periodontitis.
Signs/Symptoms of Moderate-Advanced Gum Disease Include:
- Gums that are red, swollen, and bleed easily
- Gums that seem to have pulled away from the teeth
- Bad breath or halitosis
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Teeth that seem to be loose or moving away from one another
- Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Change in the way your partial denture or implant-supported restorations fit
- Or no symptoms at all!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is LANAP?
The LANAP protocol is
the only laser periodontitis
treatment protocol that is cleared by the FDA for
True Regeneration and is clinically and histologically
proven to regenerate new gum tissue, ligament, and
bone. Research has shown the PerioLase Nd:YAG
wavelength stimulates the release of growth factors,
allowing the body to heal naturally.
For more information on the science that supports the LANAP protocol, visit: www.LANAP.com
Why is it important to get my gum disease treated?
The health risks of
gum disease go far beyond the loss of
teeth. There is a
gum disease and
a number of serious medical conditions. People with
periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer
from coronary artery disease, and have nearly twice
the risk of having a fatal heart attack. Gum disease has
also been linked to other health problems, including
respiratory disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, certain
cancers, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, erectile
dysfunction, HPV, and pregnancy complications.
Can the LANAP protocol help my loose dental implants?
Yes! Using the
MVP-7, we can often save
ailing or failing implants
using the LAPIP protocol. We use the same laser,
but different laser settings
and light exposure to help
your implant stabilize
destroying periodontal pathogens and endotoxins.
Who is a candidate for LANAP laser surgery?
moderate-to-severe gum disease can
especially benefit from the LANAP protocol. The
LANAP protocol is also an excellent treatment option
for patients who are fearful of conventional scalpel
surgery and patients taking certain medications, such
as blood thinners. With the LANAP protocol, patients
do not have to stop taking any medications.
Some of the primary
benefits of LANAP laser surgery
as compared to traditional cut-and-sew surgery are:
What about patient discomfort and recovery versus conventional surgery?
- Less pain
- Less bleeding
- Less sensitivity
- Less gum loss
- Less swelling
- Very little downtime after treatment
- Less Post-op infections
- Promotes regeneration of supporting gum tissues
- Healing is perceived to be faster and more comfortable than conventional surgery