LANAP™ is a gentle, conservative, non-invasive method of treating gum disease without cutting, suturing or removing tissue. Using a precision laser, Dr. Mellman is able to kill up to 99% of the disease causing bacteria in the periodontal pockets. Because there is no defense against the laser, the bacteria cannot adapt and avoid elimination as with antibiotic treatment.
There is no cutting or suturing as with traditional methods of treating periodontal disease. This provides a fast, virtually pain free procedure with that effectively treats periodontal disease.
Additionally, the precision of the laser allows Dr. Mellman to avoid removing signficant tissue. This allows for a faster recovery and minimal loss of tooth and bone structure after the procedure.
The Consequences of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
In its advanced stages, the gums can become red and tender. They can also bleed when you brush your teeth. Many people also experience bad breath and an unpleasant taste.
Unchecked, periodontal disease becomes much more serious and deep pockets of bacteria develop. This bacteria eats away at the jawbone which supports your teeth. Periodontal bacteria also enter the blood stream and contribute to many other medical problems (including coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, respiratory diseases, premature and underweight births, and more). Without treatment, the periodontal pockets deepen, resulting in tooth loss.
The purpose of periodontal treatment is to remove periodontal bacteria from the periodontal tissues and allow the area to heal. In its initial stages, periodontal disease may be treated with scaling and root planing (deep cleaning). In its more moderate/advanced stages, surgery may be necessary, involving cutting away some of the gum tissue, reshaping the bone and/or bone grafting (ie. surgery with sutures).
Dr. Mellman now offers Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP™). LANAP is a progressive technique utilizing a specialized laser to destroy the disease causing bacteria. This treatment has been shown to regenerate bone, root surface, and periodontal ligament. The use of the laser is less invasive than traditional scapel surgery and results in much faster and less painful recovery.
How LANAP works
A) The Periodontal probe measures deep pocket depths (Bone Loss).
B) The Laser removes bacteria and diseased tissue.
C) Ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments are used to remove tarter deposits from the tooth and root surfaces.
D) The Laser finishes cleaning and seals the pocket closed, so new germs cannot enter.
E) Healing of gums to clean disenfected root surface occurs.
F) Bite trauma is adjusted.
G) Bone growth and tissue reattachment occur, which create shallow healthy pockets.