LANAP Laser Gingivitis & Periodontal Treatment

What is LANAP?

LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure and is a form of laser dentistry that fights advanced periodontal disease. It’s a great alternative to painful, traditional osseous surgery, which typically comes with a longer recovery time and is considered a more invasive procedure. Patients typically recover from LANAP within 24 hours because the gum tissue is never cut.

Since LANAP is a form of laser dentistry that uses a specialized laser to promote healthy gum tissue growth and periodontal health, LANAP does not involve the use of scalpels, stitches or sutures like other forms of periodontal surgery.

Instead, LANAP helps gum and bone tissue regain its natural ability to heal itself by killing bacteria and diseased tissue, but leaving healthy tissue unharmed. By stimulating healthy gum tissue, new connective tissue attachments between healthy gum and bone are formed.

How is Gingivitis & Periodontal Disease Treated with LANAP?

During LANAP treatment, a dentist will use a specialized periodontal laser to remove periodontal pockets in the gums, which are caused by advanced periodontal disease and can lead to gum recession. The laser is pulsed over the gums to remove diseased tissue in a pain-free and non-invasive way, which requires no cutting or stitching. Since diseased gum tissue is darker than healthy tissue and absorbs more of the laser light, the diseased tissue is removed without harming healthy tissue around it.

After the treatment, healthy gum tissue can regrow and attach to bone that was previously covered by diseased tissue, bacteria and tartar. The healthy gum tissue forms new connective tissue attachments to the bone, which help to protect the bones of your jaw from degeneration caused by periodontal disease.

LANAP is a more attractive treatment for periodontal disease than traditional osseous surgery or periodontal surgery because the treatment is less-invasive and doesn’t involve cutting the gums. Most patients recovery from LANAP in 24 hours, though some soreness is common as the new gum tissue grows and attaches to the bone. Overall, patients who are treated by LANAP can avoid taking off work to recover from their treatment and experience far less post-operative pain than patients undergoing traditional surgery.

Will gum disease come back after treatment with LANAP?

Patients undergoing treatment with LANAP experience a far lower instance of repeat periodontal disease than patients treated with traditional periodontal surgery. The additional healthy connective tissue growth spurred by LANAP help prevent the growth of diseased tissue, helping the gums stay healthy with routine cleanings and home care.

What Are the Goals of LANAP Treatment?

Reducing Bacterial Spread: The bacteria in your mouth can spread throughout your entire body, which can cause life-threatening conditions, including heart disease and respiratory disease. Removing severe, deep tartar, and with it all of those bacteria, can help reduce the risk and improve your overall health.

Preventing Bone Loss: An immune system’s inflammatory response can be prompted by periodontal bacteria. This can cause bone loss in your jaw region and lead to the loss of teeth. Osseous surgery can stop periodontal disease from progressing to a more severe stage.

Enhancing Your Smile: Periodontal disease can lead to brown gums, rotting teeth and ridge indentations, which leaves many patients feeling self-conscious about their smiles. Fortunately, LANAP treatment can help reduce those bacteria and treat periodontal diseases, so your smile can be restored to its natural radiance.

Facilitating Home Care: As the disease advances and your gum pockets deepen, it can become nearly impossible to brush and floss properly. The procedure can reduce the size of those pockets, making it easier for you to properly take care of your oral hygiene and preventing the periodontal disease from advancing.

What technology & certifications does MPDG have for LANAP?

Monterey Peninsula Dental Group is proud to be a LANAP certified clinician. We use the best dental lasers to ensure your treatment is comfortable and effective.

LANAP Certification


This page has been reviewed for medical accuracy by Dr. Stephen Ikemiya, a partner at MPDG who completed dental school at Northwestern University. Click here to follow him on Linkedin.

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