What is LANAP?
LANAP, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is a FDA-cleared laser treatment protocol offers a less painful, alternative to conventional surgery. In some cases, it can be more successful that "traditional" surgical options. LANAP has been scientifically proven to show results with true periodontal regeneration, the formation of new bone and reattachment of the gum tissue that was once lost. Dr. Wong is the only periodontal specialist that offers this treatment in the Ventura/Santa Barbara area. The LANAP treatment is one of the most successful protocols in treating gum disease because it can target the source of the inflammation without hurting or removing any healthy gum tissue, slow or stop attachment loss and decrease pocket depth, and allowing the body to recover from the chronic infection without the need for scalpel or sutures.
A. Perio probe indicates excessive pocket depth
B. Laser radiation vaporizes bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins, and alerts the practitioner to the presence of tartar
C. Ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments are used to remove root surface accretions
D. Bone is modified at time of surgery
E. Laser is used to form a gel-clot containing stem cells from bone and PDL
F. Reattachment of reté ridges to clean root surface, with a stable fibrin clot at the gingival crest to create a ‘closed system’
G. Occlusal trauma adjusted
H. New attachment is regenerated
Below is an actual patient of our office. She presented for a second opinion regarding the back side of the molar. She had been sent to an oral surgeon for extraction of the tooth and replacement with a dental implant. She wanted a second opinion to see if there was an alternative to this expensive treatment. Not only was there a deep periodontal pocket, there was a very large bony defect. While implant therapy was an option, she wanted to save her tooth. We recommended localized Laser-assisted Periodontal Therapy. After undergoing the LANAP surgery, the area probes within healthy limits and we can see full regeneration of the lost tissues and bone. Most importantly, she has been stable in our Periodontal Maintenance program, a critical component of success.
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