Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure – LANAP™ – is truly one of the most revolutionary developments in the treatment of gum and bone disease also known as periodontal disease. A non-invasive laser therapy for the treatment of periodontal disease, laser therapy is a virtually painless alternative to many of the more traditional surgical procedures associated with periodontal disease. Dental Excellence is excited to be leading the way in pioneering LANAP™ in South Australia and bringing this new, less painful approach to helping our patients achieve improved oral health and a more aesthetic smile.
Once this bacteria in the gums is gently lasered with the assistance of this amazing technology, we can help reduce the progression of the disease and prevent the further risk of the loss of teeth and bone.
Click on the movie below to see how this exciting new therapy works.
LANAP™ Animation Video
What are the benefits of laser therapy?
As with other forms of periodontal therapy, a main goal of laser therapy is to stimulate regeneration of tissues between the gums and teeth. Additionally, during treatment the heat of the laser causes instant clotting in the gum tissue that actually works to seal the gums and create a physical barrier to any new bacteria that might invade the gums in the future. LANAP™ is also an excellent approach for patients who want to improve the aesthetics of their gum line with treatments such as cosmetic crown lengthening and tissue re-contouring procedures. For our patients who are candidates for laser therapy, other welcome benefits include less-painful treatment without cutting or stitches, less risk of infection, shorter appointment times, and an easy and fast recovery.
What should I expect during and after laser treatment?
Before your laser treatment you will be given a local anaesthetic to for your comfort. During the procedure a tiny laser fibre (about the thickness of three human hairs) is inserted between the tooth and the gum to clear away infection, reduce inflammation, and trigger an immediate healing response in the tissue. If necessary, Dr. Karn will prescribe an oral antibiotic as a precaution against infection. A soft diet for a week is recommended. Best of all, your likely recovery period will be less than 24 hours.
Signs you could have gum disease:
It’s estimated that around 85% of Australians suffer from some form some form of gum and jaw bone infection. Are you one of them?
Please consult dental Excellence if you experience:
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Red, puffy or swollen gums
- Moving or loose teeth
- Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
Gum infections can also be a completely silent disease, with no symptoms present at all. That’s why it’s important that you attend regular appointments with Dental Excellence to monitor the health of your teeth and gums as recommended by your treating dentist.