LANAP is a state-of-the-art, non-invasive treatment for gum disease offered by the periodontists at Dental Partners of Boston.
If you are suffering from gum disease, prompt treatment is key to both your dental health and your overall well-being. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, causes bleeding, receding gums, bone loss, and, if allowed to progress, tooth loss. In addition, infection and decay in your mouth can affect your entire body, contributing to heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and dementia. Fortunately, there are many effective options for treating periodontal disease, including both conventional procedures and newer treatments. At Dental Partners of Boston, we are proud to be among the first practices able to offer LANAP, the latest in gum disease treatment.
LANAP stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, a newer treatment approved in 2004 for the correction of advanced cases of gum disease that may not be treatable with other methods. Dr. Guzman has been certified in the procedure and will help you determine the best treatment for your current periodontal condition.
As periodontal disease progresses, the periodontal pockets around each tooth deepen due to irritation and infection, causing the gums to separate from the teeth and providing a safe harbor for even more bacteria right against the tooth root. In the past, this has been treated with periodontal flap surgery, with the aim of removing diseased tissue and calculus buildup to allow the gums to heal without interference from an infection. While this is an effective treatment, it has limitations, including the need to cut and suture the gum tissue, leading to slower recovery times and a longer overall process. LANAP follows a similar protocol, but is an improvement over traditional surgical procedures due to the use of a specialized surgical laser.
To complete the LANAP procedure, one of our trained and certified Boston periodontists uses a specialized PerioLase MVP-7 laser to remove infected gum surface tissue that has separated from the tooth roots. The doctor then removes calculus deposits from the exposed root surface with an ultrasonic scaler, and ensures all bacteria are killed by a second pass with the laser. Freed from infection, your healthy gum tissue can then begin to heal and regenerate. The result is a healthy gumline and a much brighter prognosis for keeping your teeth for years to come.
In treating periodontal disease, LANAP provides options for saving teeth which otherwise would be lost. It offers several advantages over the traditional approach, including:
Laser periodontal treatment offers new hope for patients who thought their periodontal health was a lost cause. With this procedure, Dr. Guzman can repair gums and save teeth other dentists would see only as a case for dentures. The benefits of the procedure extend to anyone with advanced periodontal disease. Dr. Guzman at Dental Partners of Boston is among just a few periodontists who are trained to perform this innovative procedure.
To learn whether LANAP is right for you, contact our office by phone or online to schedule an exam. Dr. Guzman will examine your gums and discuss with you the best options for your mouth. Even if LANAP is not for you, we can offer treatment options and advice to return your mouth to full health. Schedule an appointment today to begin the healing process for your gums.
Sergio A. Guzman