LANAP Technology Improves Treatment of Gum Disease

The Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is an exciting new technology used to treat gum disease and periodontal disease, bringing fewer treatments, less pain, and greater results than traditional surgery was able to provide. Great Lakes Dental and Dr. James Matia DDS, MSD treat a variety of cases of gum disease using LANAP.

What is LANAP?

LANAP is laser surgery to treat periodontal disease. Unlike conventional surgery for periodontitis, LANAP uses a pulsed laser that specifically targets the diseased and infected tissue without any cutting or damage to the healthy gums. Also, most surgery done with LANAP is completed in only 2 two-hour treatments. What's more, there is less recovery time and less pain after the procedures than with traditional oral surgery for gingivitis or even advanced periodontal disease.

Gum Disease Should be Treated

There is a clear connection between the health of the mouth and the body's overall health. In order to comfortably eat a healthy diet, the function of healthy teeth plays a huge role. It is also well known that chronic pain can lead to depression and anxiety. Possible connections between gum disease and heart disease have been made as well. Yet, up to 97% of people with periodontal disease are not being treated. This can lead to the loss of teeth, bone, and, most noticeably, pain!

Many patients choose to refuse treatment because of the recovery time and many treatments associated with traditional surgeries. While non-surgical treatments are available for gingivitis when conservative treatments are still possible, severe disease often requires surgical intervention. The pain and time involved with the process has understandably kept many people who have needed surgery for gum disease to get treatment. LANAP, which was FDA approved in 2007, has offered a viable alternative to what has been available in the past. Patients can feel the difference, and the results are more aesthetically attractive. it doesn't lead to gum recession as the healthy gums are not damaged by the laser, creating a nicer smile.

Finally, there is no reason to wait. The future of less-invasive dentistry is now here. Contact us today to learn more about LANAP and schedule your appointment.