Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is a laser-based approach to gum disease using a specific Nd:YAG soft tissue laser. The procedure works by targeting only the pigmented, disease-causing bacteria while leaving behind all the healthy elements needed for the regeneration of healthy tissue and bone. In addition, laser periodontal surgery eliminates any cutting or suturing of the gums, which will reduce bleeding, swelling and post-operative pain and sensitivity. The procedure requires less chair time and little to no down time for patients. Often patients return to work the next day with minimal discomfort.
A. Perio probe indicates excessive pocket depth.
B. Laser light removes bacteria and diseased tissue.
C. Ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments are used to remove root surface tarter.
D. Laser finishes cleaning pocket and aids in sealing the pocket closed so new germs cannot enter.
E. Healing of gums to clean root surface occurs.
F. Bite trauma is adjusted.
G. Healing occurs.