What Is LANAP?

Dr. DeAndrade may suggest the LANAP procedure to help treat gum disease. This Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure uses a laser to remove gum disease from the mouth. It is used as a treatment for periodontitis, the infection or inflammation of the gums. This technique lets your dentist remove the infected or diseased gum tissues with minimal damage to the healthy tissue. Since it doesn’t involve incisions with a scalpel, the healing time is reduced.

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What Happens During LANAP Treatment

Dr DeAndrade may probe your gum pockets for depth. After this, the laser light from the LANAP equipment selectively kills the bacteria and cleans the infected tissue. He  will then use a hand instrument or ultrasonic scaler to remove the tartar and calculus that was calcified by the treatment. The laser can then be used to sterilize the area and seal it. Finally, the connective tissue is reattached to the clean surface of the roots.

Common Side Effects of LANAP

As your gums heal from the LANAP treatment, you may notice some swelling, soreness, oozing of blood, or color changes. This is all completely normal. If there is some bleeding, just apply pressure. You can also rinse it with ice water or place a tea bag on the area. You can reduce swelling with an ice pack and over-the-counter or prescription pain medications for soreness.

What To Do After LANAP Treatment

Following your LANAP, your dentist will tell you to keep your mouth clean for 24 hours. During this time, you can’t brush or floss the area that as treated. Instead, you should rinse your mouth gently after meals. You will want to stick to a soft diet while you heal and follow the other restrictions mentioned in your post-surgery pamphlet.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. DeAndrade at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants to plan your LANAP procedure and treat your periodontitis.