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Laser Periodontics (LANAP)

In years past, patients in need of periodontal (gum) surgery had to endure procedures in which scalpels were used to make incisions into the gum tissue. That tissue was then repositioned and stitched in place to eliminate the pockets that allow disease-promoting bacteria to gather along the gumline.

That approach was very invasive and meant that patients had to plan for a recovery period with restricted activities for at least a few weeks. It also required a number of visits to the periodontist’s office.

Modern technology has improved greatly on that process, however. Lasers now can be used to sterilize and heal the pockets without unsightly gum recession in lieu of manual instruments, streamlining both the procedure timeline and the patient’s recovery.

SJP_4167v3Our office offers the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), and Dr. Richman & Dr. Abelman are well-versed in the technique. LANAP is essentially the periodontics equivalent of laser eye surgery. It’s non-invasive, and the laser immediately seals off blood vessels and nerve endings for an instantaneous recovery.

With LANAP, an ultra-thin laser fiber is used to clear the offending bacteria between the gum and the tooth instead of manual instruments, and only a local anesthetic is necessary. The procedure takes place during a pair of two-hour sessions, and patients can go about the rest of their normal daily routines afterward.

A soft diet may be recommended for a few days immediately following the procedure, but patients typically go back to eating all of their favorite foods shortly after their surgery.

Have you been diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease? Are you worried that the surgical treatment will be painful with a prolonged recovery? Consider laser periodontics as an alternative.

It’s important to seek treatment for periodontal (gum) disease to protect your oral health from further damage. Talk to a member of our team to learn more about LANAP, its benefits and whether it may be appropriate for you.

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Colin S. Richman DMD PC Andrea Abelman DMD MS
1305 Hembree Road, Suite 104
Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: (770) 442-1010