Did you know that nearly half (47.2%) of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of gum disease? Among the top treatments available, LANAP stands out as one of the most effective, providing a great number of advantages. Join us as we explore why the LANAP procedure is considered one of the best treatments for gum disease and the benefits it brings to oral health. 

What Is Lanap?  

Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is a modern dental treatment used to address gum disease. It uses advanced laser technology to effectively remove infected gum tissue and promote gum tissue regeneration. 

Benefits of Lanap Procedure 

Minimally Invasive 

LANAP is a minimally invasive procedure compared to traditional gum surgery. It uses a laser to target and remove diseased tissue while preserving healthy gum tissue. This means less trauma, less bleeding, and reduced post-operative discomfort for patients. 

Faster Healing Time 

Because LANAP is less invasive, it typically results in faster healing times compared to traditional gum surgery. Patients often experience less swelling and discomfort following the procedure, allowing them to return to their normal activities sooner. 

Preservation of Healthy Tissue 

LANAP selectively targets diseased tissue while leaving healthy tissue intact. This preservation of healthy tissue promotes better long-term outcomes and reduces the risk of gum recession or tooth sensitivity often associated with traditional gum surgery. 

Reduced Risk of Infection 

The laser used in LANAP procedures not only removes bacteria and infected tissue but also has antimicrobial properties, reducing the risk of infection following the procedure. This helps to promote better overall oral health and reduces the likelihood of complications. 

Stimulates Regeneration 

LANAP stimulates the body’s natural healing response, promoting the regeneration of healthy gum tissue and bone. This can help to restore proper gum attachment to the teeth, reducing the risk of tooth loss and improving overall oral health. 

Predictable Results 

LANAP has been shown to deliver predictable and consistent results in treating gum disease. Patients can expect improved gum health and a reduction in symptoms such as bleeding gums, bad breath, and gum recession. 

Maximizing LANAP Benefits 

Following post-procedure guidelines diligently is key to maximizing the benefits of LANAP and promoting a smooth, successful recovery. 

  • Take Medication as Prescribed: If prescribed antibiotics, take them exactly as directed by your periodontist. Finish the entire prescription, even if symptoms improve before completion.  
  • Maintain Oral Cleanliness: Focus on keeping the treated area clean during healing. Brush and floss only the untreated areas as directed. Rinse gently with prescribed mouthwash and warm salt water to promote healing and prevent infection. 
  • Follow Dietary Restrictions: Avoid spicy or excessively hot foods during the initial 3-day liquid diet period following LANAP. This helps to prevent irritation and discomfort in the treated area, allowing for smoother healing. 
  • Mindful Eating: Be mindful of your eating habits and avoid chewing on the side of your mouth that has been treated. This prevents unnecessary pressure on the treated area, minimizing discomfort and promoting healing. 
  • Limit Physical Activity: Reduce physical activity for several hours following LANAP to optimize healing. Avoid strenuous activities that could disrupt the healing process or increase swelling in the treated area. 

Ready to Experience the Benefits of the LANAP Procedure?  

Schedule an appointment with Richard Newhart DDS today. With expertise in treating gum disease and a range of services aimed at enhancing your oral health, our goal is to ensure you leave our office with a healthier smile and the confidence that comes with it. Contact us! 

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