The LANAP® procedure helps avoid traditional surgery and sutures by utilizing specialized lasers and techniques to remove bacteria from periodontal pockets in the gum tissue.
Tartar and plaque on the tooth surfaces can harbor bacteria, allowing for the development of gingivitis. While initially causing discomfort and swollen or bleeding gum tissues, gingivitis can progress to an infection in the gum tissues, known as periodontitis. This infection of the gums can create periodontal pockets, separating teeth from the surrounding gum and bone structure. If left untreated, this condition will lead to tooth loss.
Any infection must be removed to repair damaged tissues, and then the periodontal pockets must be sealed to prevent new infections. What previously required surgery and stitches can now be accomplished through laser treatment. The LANAP® procedure is minimally invasive and uses laser technology to remove the diseased tissue and bacteria. The laser also helps seal the pockets so new germs can not get back in. This treatment minimizes trauma to the gum tissue, providing a more comfortable procedure for the patient than traditional methods and significantly reducing healing time.