LANAP stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure. It is a modern and minimally invasive surgical technique used in periodontal (gum) therapy. LANAP is specifically designed to treat periodontitis, which is a severe form of gum disease that affects the supporting structures of the teeth.
During a LANAP procedure, a dental professional uses a specialized dental laser to remove the diseased gum tissue and bacteria from the periodontal pocket, which is the space between the tooth and the gum. The laser energy selectively targets and destroys the bacteria and infected tissue while leaving the healthy tissue intact. This process is known as laser ablation.
Once the infected tissue is removed, the dental professional uses the laser to stimulate the remaining healthy tissue and underlying bone. This stimulation promotes the formation of a stable blood clot and the regeneration of the periodontal ligament and supporting bone. As a result, new connective tissue is formed, and the gum tissue reattaches to the tooth surface, creating a new attachment.LANAP offers several advantages over traditional gum surgery techniques, such as:
It’s important to note that LANAP is a specialized procedure performed by trained dental professionals, such as periodontists, who have received specific training in laser dentistry. If you are considering LANAP or have concerns about your periodontal health, it’s best to consult with a qualified dental professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment options.