We are often asked, “What are the advantages of laser treatment with LANAPⓇ (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) over conventional cutting and stitching surgery?” It is an exciting breakthrough in periodontal treatment and one we would want for ourselves if we had periodontal disease. (See LANAP treatment before and after photos below.)
(The photo on the left shows severe unsightly gum inflammation and infection before LANAP treatment. The photo on the right shows the inflammation and infection healed after LANAP treatment.)
- It is much less invasive with minimal discomfort after the procedure. crowns You can return to work the next day.
- It is the only treatment proven to kill all the bacteria in the pockets. We did the study that proved this and presented our findings to the American Academy of Dental Research. Scaling and root planing leaves behind millions of bacteria similar to trying to remove ants from an anthill with a spoon.
- LANAP is the only procedure approved by the FDA to regenerate bone around teeth while cutting and stitching surgery almost always destroys bone. (See FDA Approval for LANAP for Bone Regeneration on page 35.)
- There is much less gum recession and spacing between the teeth with LANAP, and it can be used to save teeth that previously would be extracted.
Finally, it can even be used to treat infected implants. It is then called LAPIP (Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure). (See LAPIP Case Report Showing Laser Regenerating Bone on Implants on page 36 of “Diagnosing and Treating Oral Diseases and Orofacial Pain” .)
For a video discussion of this topic, go to mccawley.com/videos
Also, you can read more about the different diagnoses and treatments of various oral diseases by downloading a copy of Drs. Mark and Tom McCawley’s book “Diagnosing and Treating Oral Diseases and Orofacial Pain”.