LANAP Laser Periodontal Procedures

Dr. Benson utilizes a cutting edge PerioLase laser and the body’s own natural healing ability to regenerate hard and soft tissue. The tissue may have been lost as a result of the inflammation that characterizes periodontitis. This procedure is performed without scalpel and sutures, and is therefore efficient and painless.

Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) succeeds because the disease gums and inflammation-causing bacteria are selectively removed by the laser wavelength. The root surfaces are then planed meticulously using specialized instruments. The PerioLase is then used to produce a blood clot in between the remaining healthy gum tissue and the clean root surface. The healthy gum tissue then re-attaches to the root surface during the healing phase.

Another advantage of laser periodontal therapy is the minimal post-operative discomfort and pain experienced in comparison to traditional ‘cut and sew’ periodontal flap surgery. Flap surgery requires the exposure of large areas of bone, while LANAP is minimally abrasive. LANAP does not change the gum line, while flap surgery results in a change of the gum line, producing a longer tooth and greater exposure.

“NO CUT, NO SEW, NO PAIN!”

LANAP™ Post-Operative Instructions

  • Anti-microbial rinses and antibiotic medications may be prescribed for you. Take any prescribed medications according to directions and continue taking until all meds are gone.
  • Reduce physical activity for several hours following surgery.
  • Periodontal laser procedures usually result in little or no discomfort following surgery.
  • For the first 24 hour period immediately following surgery, take two (2) Advil or Motrin (Ibuprofen) every 4-6 hours even if you do not have any pain.
  • For the first 24 hour period immediately following surgery, stay on a liquid diet only. For the following 3-7 days after surgery, a soft diet is recommended. Try to eat soft but nutritious foods such as eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, malts, ice cream, etc. Stay away from spicy and “chippy” foods. It is also important to maintain good fluid intake during this period.
  • Carefully avoid chewing food in the areas of the mouth where the laser has been used for at least one week following surgery. One of the most important results of laser surgery is the blood clots that form following surgery. It is extremely important not to dislodge the tiny clots that form in and around the gums.
  • Do not be alarmed with any color changes or appearance of tissues following laser therapy.  Tissues can be gray, yellow, red, blue, purple, “stringy” and reflect normal response to laser treatments.
  • It is OK to spit, rinse, and wash your mouth. Rinse as directed with Peridex or Periogard morning and night. In between, it is OK to rinse gently every three (3) hours with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8oz. glass of warm water). Do not brush or floss your teeth until instructed to do so (see Treatment and Home Care sequence sheet).
  • Try to keep your mouth as clean as possible in order to help the healing process.  Brush, floss, and follow other home care measures in all the areas of your mouth except for the surgery area.
  • Do not apply excessive tongue or cheek pressure to the surgery area.

Do not be alarmed if one of the following occurs:

  • Light bleeding
  • Slight swelling
  • Some soreness, tenderness, or tooth sensitivity
  • Medicinal taste, from Peridex or Periogard

Please call the office at Northside Periodontics & Implants Phone Number 770-394-0007 if you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Prolonged or severe pain
  • Prolonged or excessive bleeding
  • Considerably elevated or persistent temperature

Do not be alarmed that beginning within two weeks after therapy and extending as long as one year or more, the teeth may become sore, tender, or sensitive as the bone and ligaments around the teeth regenerate and become more firm.  This is a sign of healing, but may also indicate the presence of a bite imbalance that may need to be adjusted.

Why is LANAP better for the treatment of gum disease?

The LANAP Procedure (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is a highly effective and non-abrasive alternative to traditional periodontal surgery — there’s no cutting and no suturing necessary.

Following traditional surgery, recovery can take between 2-4 weeks during which patients can experience considerable pain, swelling and sensitivity. On the other hand, with laser therapy, there is a less than 24 hour recovery period, which means, normal activities can be assumed the next day!

The laser is designed to strategically remove damaged and infected gum tissue, resulting in minimal post surgical discomfort, and eliminating the postoperative requirement for narcotics.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us! Northside Periodontics & Implants Phone Number 770-394-0007

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