What is LANAP Laser Surgery?

LANAP Laser Surgery is a groundbreaking noninvasive treatment protocol that offers a less painful and more successful treatment alternative to conventional invasive gum surgery.

LANAP is the only scientifically, research-proven methodology that results in true periodontal regeneration, new bone growth, and gum tissue reattachment.

How LANAP Laser Surgery Works

LANAP uses the PerioLase MVP-7, a free-running, variable pulsed laser, to target the source of gum inflammation, slow or even stop attachment loss, and decrease pocket depth, allowing the body to recover from infection without the need for a scalpel or sutures; in fact, no cutting or suturing is involved with LANAP laser surgery.

Similar to Waterlase Laser Treatment, the LANAP treatment is one of the most successful new protocols in treating gum disease because it can target the source of the inflammation without hurting or removing any healthy gum tissue.

The Benefits of LANAP Laser Surgery

If you are dealing with any type of gum tissue or infection, you know how painful it can be and how overwhelming invasive surgery can feel. Here are just a few benefits of opting for a LANAP Laser treatment instead:

  • Less pain
  • Less bleeding
  • Less sensitivity
  • Little to no gum recession
  • Very little swelling
  • Faster healing time
  • Less risk of post-op infection
  • Promotes regeneration of supporting gum tissues

What to Expect During Your LANAP Surgery

LANAP laser surgery is typically completed within two 2-hour visits. Most periodontists will complete one side of the mouth during the first visit and finish the other side on the second visit.

The two surgeries are generally scheduled within one week of one another, and because there is such little downtime associated with the procedure, most patients can quickly return to work or other activities.

For the first few days after surgery, you may experience some mild pain, throbbing, and soreness around the treated areas. This can typically be treated with over-the-counter pain medications, including Ibuprofen and Tylenol. The tissue around the teeth may appear discolored and your bite may feel slightly different, but the teeth will adapt over the next couple of weeks. You cannot brush or floss for the first 7–10 days after treatment, and you will need to follow a liquid or mushy diet.

Who is a Candidate for LANAP Laser Surgery?

Generally, anyone with moderate-to-severe gum disease is a good candidate for LANAP Laser Surgery. The LANAP protocol is also an excellent treatment option for patients who are fearful of conventional scalpel surgery, as well as any patients taking certain medications that might make more invasive surgery difficult, like blood thinners or blood pressure medication. With the LANAP protocol, patients do not have to stop taking any medications.

Why Is It Important to Get My Gum Disease Treated?

Once periodontal disease hits the next stage, periodontitis, it’s critical to look into professional treatment. At this more serious stage, gums pull away from teeth, and gum tissue begins to be destroyed. If this isn’t taken care of, bones and teeth can be lost. With periodontal help, though, you can make sure your gums are treated and your teeth get back to being healthy.

Here at Poway Perio, under the experience of Dr. Alireza Khansari, MSD, we are happy to help you fight periodontal disease and get your teeth and gums back to good health. If you have more questions or would like to book a consultation, we’re happy to discuss your situation.