LANAP/LAR: Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure /Laser-Assisted Regeneration
Laser Dentistry: Offers a less painful, more successful treatment alternative to conventional periodontal surgery.
Having extensively studied and trained in laser dentistry, Dr. Joseph Tartagni use lasers to perform cosmetic gum lifts, crown lengthening, tooth decay removal, and periodontal therapy at both our West Haven, CT and Milford, CT dental offices.
Lasers work by producing a beam of concentrated light. The light beam sterilizes soft tissue and seals blood vessels, minimizing the risk of infection and excessive bleeding.
WHAT IS LANAP®?
The LANAP® treatment, also known as, “Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure”, is a specialized laser-based treatment that is used to heal gums and dental tissue, which have been damaged due to periodontal disease. In this procedure, Dr. Joseph Tartagni will use a special laser to provide focused, minimally-invasive treatment targeting diseased tissue without affecting healthy tissue.
The laser beam breaks down the damaged and rotten tissues, while simultaneously stimulating the production of fresh connective tissues, bone, and collagen. A few weeks after the treatment, you will notice a dramatic difference in the quality and aesthetics of your gums.
WHAT IS THE LASER BEHIND LANAP®?
The PerioLase® MVP-7™ is the laser that is used to perform the LANAP® treatment. The PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser delivers a variable pulsed wavelength. The laser light penetrates 4mm beyond the surface of the tissue, effectively killing bacteria. This laser is also the world’s first-ever FDA cleared laser for periodontal regeneration.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER LANAP® TREATMENT?
After LANAP treatment, your gums may be sore for a few days. Generally, the pain can be managed with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen. Opioids are rarely needed. You will be on a liquid/soft diet for two weeks to help keep your teeth stable during initial healing. Bone can continue to regenerate for 18 months through 3 years. During this time your LANAP® dentist will schedule regular visits to adjust your bite and check your healing progress.
WHO CAN PERFORM THE LANAP® PROTOCOL TO TREAT PATIENTS WITH GUM DISEASE?
Only certified dentists can perform the LANAP protocol – Dr. Joseph Tartagni is a certified LANAP® dentist.
WHY CHOOSE LANAP OVER TRADITIONAL GUM SURGERY?
- Less Pain
- Less Bleeding
- Less Sensitivity
- Less Gum Loss
- Less Swelling
- Very little downtime after treatment
- Less Post-Op infections
- Promotes regeneration of supporting gum tissues
- Healing is perceived to be faster and more comfortable than conventional surgery
- Because of the unique properties of the PerioLase laser wavelength, patients on blood thinners or with asprin regimens do not have to stop taking any medications
LASER GUM SURGERY
The LANAP protocol can ONLY be performed by a dentist who is certified in the procedure. Dr. Joseph Tartagni is LANAP certified. During LANAP treatment, the PerioLase MVP-7 dental laser is used instead of a scalpel. The laser fiber is inserted between the gum and tooth, without cutting the gums. The laser light energy targets the source of the inflammation without hurting or removing any healthy gum tissue. This helps to slow or stop attachment loss and decrease pocket depth, and allowing the body to recover from the chronic infection without the need for scalpel or sutures. The gums are not cut to reduce pocket depth. The tops of your teeth (biting surface) are adjusted to keep from hitting your other teeth.
TRADITIONAL GUM SURGERY
A scalpel is used to cut the gums then fold or “flap” the gums back in order to expose the roots of the teeth and the jawbone. This allows the dentist to clean all the tartar from the roots and view the bone supporting the teeth. If any damaged bone is present, the bone is then reshaped and/or bone graft material is placed. The top of the gums may also be cut in order to achieve a periodontal pocket that is 3mm deep to allow the patient to clean effectively. For example, tissue (healthy or diseased) would have to be removed to create a 3-millimeter pocket. The gums are then stitched back in place and recovery begins.
SCHEDULE YOUR LANAP THERAPY TODAY
The staff at Shoreline Dental Care can help you address your periodontal condition and help you preserve your teeth and gums. The LANAP protocol is a revolutionary breakthrough in periodontal care that can help you restore your oral health. Schedule your LANAP therapy with Dr. Joseph Tartagni today.