LANAP laser

LANAP, which stands for laser assisted new attachment procedure, is one of the most advanced procedures used by dentists to treat periodontal disease.   It is commonly referred to by patients as laser gum surgery.   Conventional periodontal surgery is often very painful for patients and produces quite a bit of discomfort during the healing process, whereas LANAP is a relatively new procedure that works differently and produce better results.  During conventional surgery, the infected and diseased parts of the gum’s epithelium are removed along with much of the underlying connective tissue.  With LANAP, however, the connective tissue is spared, which helps to bolster healing over a shorter period of time.
The dentist and staff at John McAllister DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Downey are experienced in treating periodontal disease, from the more common occurrences to extreme cases.   When patients first visit our office, x-rays are taken of the mouth so the dentist can evaluate the bone structure around the teeth.  Measurements are made and the patient is further consulted about their particular condition.  If LANAP surgery is indicated, then a future appointment is made for the procedure.
The surgery is very effective at treating even the most severe cases of periodontal disease.  Early research has shown that patients who have undergone the surgery have increased bone density over time as well as an average reduction in periodontal pocket depths.  It is these pockets that develop and indicate the presence of gingivitis, so a reduction means that there is less disease and inflammation.
At the start of the surgery, the patient is provided with a local anesthetic.  Next, the periodontal pockets are probed, measuring the depth to the bone of the gum line.  A series of lasers are then passed over the gums and into the pockets, initially removing pathogens and then finally removing the infected and diseased epithelium tissue.  The result is that the bad tissue is removed, while the connective tissue is saved, and healing is a relatively quick process.
Once the surgery is finished, the patient is provided with a list of post-operative instructions as well as information about diet changes.  Further instruction is provided by the staff about appropriate oral hygiene.  Future appointments for the purpose of monitoring the healing process are usually required.
Periodontal disease doesn’t improve over time without the intervention of a dental professional.  The majority of Americans over the age of 65 don’t have their original teeth, the majority having lost them due to this disease.   Simply put, the disease gets progressively worse until all teeth are eventually gone.  So if you’re suffering from symptoms such as inflamed or bleeding gums, then please contact our office today for an appointment.
This presentation is about LANAP
LANAP is an acronym for Laser assisted New Attachment Procedure
LANAP is the no cut no sew laser alternative to Flap Osseous gum surgery
The procedure is for people who have gum disease also known as Early Moderate and severe Periodontists, I has Also been referred to as gingivitis, pyorrhea, Rapidly progressive periodontitis, Trench mouth, and Aggressive Periodontists
How do you know you have Gum Disease?  In this slide you can see the person had advanced periodontal disease the very loose and they easily bled on brushing and flossing Your teeth gums should NEVER bleed when you brush and floss.  Your gums should not bleed any more than your skin does.  Ask yourself what would it take to make your arm or leg to bleed if you brushed and flossed them.  whatever it would take to make your skin bleed that is the same amount of force that should make your gums bleed.
You need to see a dentist and they have to take a full series of xrays and evaluate the bone around your teeth support.
Then and this is critically important you need to have your gums and evaluated 6 measurements per tooth need to be made with a periodontal probe.
The instrument is placed between your gum and your tooth and a measurement is taken in millimeters
In this slide the yellow markings represent 3 millimeters 6 millimeters 9 millimeters then 12 millimeters.  You can see the reading on this patient to be at two and a half millimeters depth.
These are periodontal chartings of a patent that had Advanced gum disease.  If your dentist does not take these measurements it is time to find a new dentist.
Gum disease is responsible for being the number one cause of tooth loss.  In the United States consider one third of americans over 65 have no teeth most of them lost their teeth to gum disease.
Lanap can reverse gum disease
LANAP has FDA clearance to reverse gum disease
The laser procedure unlike traditional gum surgery requires no cutting or amputating of the gums
Since the tissue is not amputated nor pealed off the bone no sutures are needed
Patents who have gone through treatment usually say the day after and a week after that they have about a two on a pain scale of one to ten.  To see several video testimonials visit and click on the testimonial tab
In her own words
We also see radiographic bone growth occurring after the lanap procedure
Here is one of many where you can see the dark hole in the before
and then the area filling in afterwards
To see more remarkable cases visit our web site and click on the before-and-after page
Lanap is done with the periolase variable multi press Nedinium Yitrium aluminum Garnet laser. Don’t be fooled by anyone that uses a different laser and claims to do LANAP BUYER BEWARE
The laser is used to eliminate the bacteria responsible for the infection
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