Laser Periodontal Therapy: LANAP® -The Laser Alternative to Gum Surgery

Doctors Jeffrey Ganeles, Frederic Norkin and Liliana Aranguren offer patients the minimally invasive and highly effective LANAP® gum disease treatment procedure (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure). This protocol uses the PerioLase MVP-7 laser, the only FDA-approved laser to treat gum disease. A fiber (about the size of three human hairs) is gently placed between the gum and teeth to remove diseased tissue. The diseased tissue and bacteria (which have a darker pigment than healthy tissue) are ”zapped” using specific focused laser energy, leaving behind only healthy gum tissue.

LANAP® therapy also helps connective tissue and bone form between the gums and teeth. This evidence-based protocol provides consistent, reproducible, positive bone-building results to reverse gum disease. The laser is also able to seal the gums, creating a physical barrier that blocks any bacteria or tissue that could recreate a gum pocket, eliminating the need for sutures.

The benefits of LANAP® include less pain, less gum recession, decreased bleeding, swelling and root sensitivity and less downtime after treatment compared to conventional periodontal surgical procedures. Controlling periodontal disease with LANAP® makes it sometimes possible to save and restore otherwise hopeless teeth.

Laser treatment is also beneficial for patients who have medical problems requiring medications such as aspirin, Plavix, Eliquis, Pradaxa and Coumadin.  Since LANAP®, stimulates clot formation as part of the last step in treatment, there is little bleeding.  Patients ordinarily do not have to discontinue using anticoagulant drugs prior to surgery. This is often safer than stopping them and almost always strongly supported by physicians who prescribe these drugs.  LANAP® is also safe for patients with HIV, bleeding disorders or diabetes.