The Journey of Periodontal Treatment: From Past to LANAP

The battle against periodontal disease, a formidable foe threatening oral health, has been long and evolving. Historically, treatments ranged from basic mechanical debridement to more aggressive surgical interventions, aiming to halt the progression of gum disease. These traditional methods, while effective to varying degrees, often involve considerable discomfort and lengthy recovery times for patients, as they tend to involve some degree of cutting, suturing, or invasive procedure. Innovations in dental technology have paved the way for more sophisticated, less invasive treatments.

Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) stands as a beacon of modern periodontal therapy, distinguishing itself from its predecessors through its minimally invasive nature and enhanced healing capabilities. Unlike traditional surgeries that require cutting and suturing of the gums, LANAP utilizes the precision of laser technology through the Periolase MVP-7 laser to target and remove only the diseased tissue, leaving healthy areas untouched. This approach not only preserves more of the patient’s natural tissue but also promotes regeneration of the bone and connective tissue around the teeth.

Understanding LANAP: A Leap Forward in Minimally Invasive Treatment

LANAP harnesses the power of a specific wavelength of laser light to selectively remove infected gum tissue and kill harmful bacteria without the need for scalpels or stitches. This precision significantly reduces patient discomfort and shortens recovery time, making the procedure a game-changer for those suffering from periodontitis.

The procedure involves several key steps, beginning with the measurement of the depth of the periodontal pockets. The laser then targets and eliminates the infected tissue, and ultrasonic scalers are employed to remove calculus (tartar) from the tooth root surfaces. Following this, the laser is used again to stimulate the tissue, encouraging clotting and the formation of a seal around the teeth. This process facilitates the natural regeneration and reattachment of healthy gum tissue to the tooth surfaces, a hallmark of LANAP’s effectiveness.

Patients preparing for LANAP are advised to maintain good oral hygiene and follow any specific instructions provided by their periodontist. Post-procedure care is crucial for optimal healing and includes following a soft diet, adhering to a specific oral hygiene regimen, and attending follow-up appointments to monitor progress.

Expertise in LANAP: Dr. Upasna Janu’s Commitment to Excellence

At Jay Platt, DDS Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, the evolution of periodontal treatment through LANAP under the guidance of Dr. Upasna Janu represents the pinnacle of patient-centered, technologically advanced care. By choosing LANAP, patients are not just embracing a minimally invasive treatment option; they are stepping into a future of healthier smiles, supported by the expertise and compassion of Dr. Janu and the entire team.