Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure - LANAP
Approximately five years ago, we acquired the newest technology available today for patient care, the Millennium Periolase. This is the latest generation of the Nd:YAG laser and is designed specifically to treat periodontal disease. Like LASIK surgery for the eyes, this patented and FDA approved laser therapy is a breakthrough in treating periodontal disease since it allows us to treat the disease using this new laser in a minimally invasive procedure eliminating cutting and suture surgery. Instead of cutting away infected tissue we are now able to regenerate soft tissue attachment to the root and new bone much of the time. This has been demonstrated in recently published histologic studies of laser treatment by a major university where they found new soft tissue attachment to the root in 100% of the cases studied and new bone in two thirds of the cases.
For many patients with periodontal disease, scaling and root planning is not enough therapy and conventional cutting and suture surgery is too much treatment. Laser surgery provides a much improved method for saving teeth with advanced periodontal disease for those patients who want to save their teeth but do not want or are not good candidates for conventional surgery. We can now sometimes save teeth that we would have extracted in the past. For most patients, laser surgery provides a realistic alternative with comparable results.
In addition to the clinical benefits, laser therapy provides significantly less pain, recession, bleeding and root sensitivity and minimal swelling and downtime after treatment. We can achieve all these benefits in only one visit since the laser therapy also eliminated the often painful deep scaling visit. This makes it ideal for patients who are fearful of conventional periodontal deep scaling and cutting surgery.
An additional benefit of laser surgery is the antibacterial effect that helps disinfect periodontal pockets. This laser specifically targets the highly pathogenic black pigmented bacteria and is able to vaporize these bacteria safely because of a very rapid 1/10,000th of a second pulses which allow the tissue to cool.
If you would like to find out more about this breakthrough in treating periodontal disease to save your smile, please call or e-mail our office for an examination.
Who will benefit from Laser?
Laser therapy provides additional pocket reduction and antibacterial control for patients with:
-Refractory periodontal infections where the laser may be used in conjunction with microbiological testing
-Previous periodontal therapy
-Pocket depths between 5 and 6mm
-Very advanced, inoperable pockets
-Continuing pocket breakdown during maintenance
-Emotional concerns, such as fear of surgery
Other Laser Applications in Periodontics
While the laser is used primarily for reducing and disinfecting periodontal pockets, it also plays a valuable role in the following application:
-Soft Tissue crown lengthening
-Removal of soft tissue lesions
-Removal of post-operative granulations
“What a great dental experience!!!!!! I will recommend to all of my family and friends who need periodontal dental work or dental implants to this office. It is crystal clear that the doctors and staff work as a professional team, are super friendly and have excellent and positive attitudes.” -Peggy J.
“Drs. Weiss and Evans and staff are truly superb at what they do! I have been a patient in their office for several years now. I had 2 implants placed by Dr. Weiss and gum treatment done by Dr. Evans. Both doctors took the time to listen to my concerns and goals and delivered beyond my expectations. Their office is very high class. Everyone is professional and friendly and I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who is looking to be treated by a group of caring and skilled specialists." – Carol W.
"My regular dentist recommended Dr.Evans for my implant. I was very nervous about having the procedure done, but from start to finish, the whole thing was actually easy and painless! I called his office and was able to get an appointment for a consultation within a couple days. When I got there, he explained the whole procedure and I felt immediately at ease. The office staff answered all my questions about insurance and payment and I scheduled my next appointment for the implant the very next week. I am very happy that I found Dr. Evans and would highly recommend him- Thank you!" -David B.
"I highly recommend Dr. Weiss. He is a caring and kind dentist. His level of skill and care is of the highest caliber and it shows in his expert and excellent work. My regular dentist told me I needed gum surgery- a scary thought. So I did some research and found Dr. Weiss online. I was impressed with the laser procedure he uses to treat gum problems. I had the procedure done. He made me feel very comfortable and the procedure was a breeze. I am so glad I found this wonderful periodontist and have recommended him to friends for gum treatments and implants." -Sue M.
"I recently went to Dr. Evans for gum recontouring. I was nervous and scared but was interested in having the procedure done. After meeting with him, I knew I was in great hands. His professional and knowledgeable staff walked me through the treatment and my procedure was completed with IV sedation and was pain free. Thank you Dr. Evans for giving me back my zest for life as I can smile normally once again!” -Lynn S.
"Dr. Weiss's office is truly one-of-a-kind. The whole experience was a positive one. The treatment was painless (I had multiple teeth extracted and implants) and the healing was painless too! I am so glad that I found Dr. Weiss. He has a patient for life!" Stephen C.
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