LANAP® Used For
At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re always seeking to improve our treatment methods so we can offer our patients optimal results through safe, successful treatments. One of the latest types of dental technology for periodontal treatment that we offer to our patients is Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), also known as laser-assisted regeneration.
As an associate member of the Institute of Advanced Laser Dentistry and a certified provider of LANAP, Dr. Macdonald is capable of providing our patients with an alternative to traditional treatment for periodontal disease.
While still highly effective, traditional periodontal therapies can be painful and time-consuming. Additionally, they don’t stimulate stem cells that help with regrowth in your lost bone structure. LANAP is an innovative laser technology that offers a less painful, more accurate alternative treatment to conventional surgeries.
How The Process Works
One of the major benefits of using LANAP is that there is no cutting or sewing of the gums. Patients will only require local anesthesia which allows them to recover shortly after each appointment and can be completed within two 2-hour sessions.
At your appointment, Dr. Macdonald will use a laser called the PerioLase® MVP-7™, which targets the infected area without harming any surrounding tissue. The laser eliminates any inflammatory cells around the tooth to open space between the tooth and the gum. This allows Dr. Macdonald to scrape out any excess bacteria with hand tools.
Once the bacteria has been removed using a combination of both the laser and general tools, the laser is used to form a gel-clot which attaches the gums to the new, clean tooth surface. Dr. Macdonald will adjust any bite trauma that you may have and the new gum tissue will begin to regenerate and heal.
After LANAP is completed, you’ll be able to drive yourself home and most likely return to work the next day and resume regular activities. Healing around the gums may take a few days so we suggest you stick to a soft food diet for a few days post-operation.
Laser Assisted Regeneration
This laser treatment plays an important role in correcting any occlusal problems, or problems with the patient’s bite, which is typically a key factor of periodontal disease. Addressing occlusion can help with other problems such as sleep apnea, headaches, and neck aches.
Many advantages patients experience when receiving treatment with LANAP include:
- Non-invasive, more comfortable surgery
- Minimized discomfort and swelling
- No need for incisions or stitches
- Stimulated gum regeneration
- Shorter recovery period
- Improved oral and overall health
- Effective, long-lasting results
Safe Laser Dentistry
In the Triad of North Carolina
At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, we want all our patients of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and surrounding areas to experience the benefits of our LANAP technology. Your oral health is a vital aspect of your overall health and we want you to feel comfortable and confident in the care we provide.
If you’re interested in learning more about LANAP treatment or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (336) 434-3186 today to speak with one of our highly-experienced team members. See how our laser dentistry can work for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
LANAP uses a specialized laser to target infected portions of your gums while preserving your healthy tissue. This is far more comfortable than the traditional surgical method of cutting into your gums and stitching them back up. With LANAP, you won’t have to worry about a long recovery process or bleeding gums.
You may experience some mild soreness around the treated areas, but this can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
LANAP treatment can be completed much quicker than traditional gum surgery. In most cases, the procedure only requires two appointments that last about two hours each. Since the laser doesn’t cut your gums at all, the risk of post-treatment complications with LANAP is also very low.
In order to provide LANAP treatment, a dentist has to be officially certified for the procedure. To earn this certification, dentists must complete Laser BootCamp®, a comprehensive three-day training program at the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD). Two additional days of training conclude the year-long certification process, ensuring any dentist who completes the program emerges with a thorough understanding of the procedure.
Dr. Keith Macdonald is an Associate of the IALD and a certified provider of LANAP treatment. When you visit our practice for laser regeneration, you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
Gum disease treatment is a medically necessary procedure and most dental insurance providers offer at least some coverage for it. However, some plans may only cover traditional gum surgery. The details and amount of coverage can vary significantly based on your specific provider and insurance plan.
If you have any questions about insurance coverage, our team will be happy to help you maximize your benefits.