LANAP® Gum Surgery Alternative

What is LANAP®?

LANAP® is short for ‘Laser-assisted New Attachment Procedure.’ In a nutshell, it’s gum surgery that specifically treats periodontitis.

What is Periodontitis?

In plain words, periodontitist is gum disease, a serious dental condition that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. It has also been linked to other major health problems including stroke, heart disease, diabetes, pre-term and stillborn births, and certain cancers. This means that for many patients, gum surgery is a necessity.

Often, gum disease is painless. It can go undetected or ignored until it becomes so severe it causes gum loss, tooth loss and bone destruction and although rare, in severe cases can even cause changes to your smile and facial structure.

Even when detected, some patients choose not to undergo traditional surgery because of fear, poor esthetic outcomes and even pain. For many people, gum surgery carries many negative connotations. LANAP®, however, is a new kind of surgery using a special, highly intelligent laser called the PerioLase® MVP-7™. Many patients are relieved to hear that there are no blades or sutures involved in the treatment and patients typically report less pain and discomfort during and after the procedure, compared to traditional periodontal surgery.

What’s special about LANAP® laser dentistry is that it can target diseased tissue and remove dangerous bacteria from your mouth while leaving healthy tissue intact. Since this type of gum surgery no longer involves cutting away healthy tissue, the result is less pain and discomfort and a shorter recovery time. This patient friendly procedure helps you get healthy again comfortably, without fear.

LANAP® is a gentle, conservative, non-invasive method of treating gum disease without cutting, suturing or removing tissue. For our patients in Monument, Glen Eagle, North El Paso County and Colorado Springs this type of treatment for gum disease could be a wonderful alternative to traditional gum surgery.

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Here’s how LANAP® works:

First, local anesthesia is given.

Second, a short-duration laser pulse is used on the pockets around the patient’s affected teeth. This will destroy bacteria and disease carrying proteins near the root of the tooth.

Third, healthy connective tissue is preserved, while infected tissue is destroyed.

With LANAP®, there is:

* no surgical glue
* no bone graft material
* no stitches
* no collagen plugs
* no sutures necessary

This is what makes the procedure so comfortable for our patients.

LANAP® Procedure

LANAP® is often able to save teeth that would have previously needed extraction. Patients who receive this type of treatment enjoy fast healing times and more predictable results.

The LANAP® protocol is a patented periodontal treatment, cleared by the FDA in 2004. At Distinctive Dental in Monument, Dr. Yelle has completed his coursework and received certification to perform the LANAP® laser dentistry procedure.

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