LANAP Laser Gingivitis & Periodontal Treatment

What is LANAP?

LANAP is a Laser Assisted Regeneration procedure that uses a specialized laser to treat advanced periodontal disease in order to promote healthy gum tissue growth and periodontal health. The treatment is a pain-free alternative to traditional osseous surgery, which typically comes with a longer recovery time and is considered a more invasive procedure.

How is Gingivitis & Periodontal Disease Treated with LANAP?

During LANAP treatment, a dentist will use a 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.

After the treatment, healthy gum tissue can regrow, protecting the bones of your jaw from degeneration caused by periodontal disease.

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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