The LANAP, Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is best described as a surgical procedure performed with a laser meant to treat periodontitis with regeneration as opposed to resection. The LANAP is a protocol that manages inflammation, tooth mobility, occlusion, the infections process and beyond.
LANAP is Here to Remedy America’s Gum Problems
Consider the following shocking statistics. About 80 percent of all Americans suffer from some type of periodontal disease. However, nearly 97 percent of those who have either moderate or severe periodontitis is not currently being treated. LANAP can help address this surprising statistic. Here is a closer look at the LANAP procedure.
About the LANAP
The LANAP is performed in an attempt to treat a patient’s periodontitis. This is an inflammation or an infection of the gums. The dentist uses a specialized laser to key in on infected and/or diseased gum tissue for removal. The purpose of using a laser is that it allows for the regeneration of the gum tissue.
There is no need for any type of incision. The area heals extremely quickly. In fact, the odds of gum disease coming back are less than when the procedure was performed with conventional sutures and scalpels.
What Will Happen Following the LANAP Procedure?
There are no incisions required for LANAP. This approach facilitates fast recovery. If a patient feels some soreness, swelling or other changes in the gums, then they do not fret. Even the oozing of blood and/or color changes from the gums should not be cause for concern following the procedure. Do not panic if the color of the gums changes after the treatment. They might appear grey, blue, white, red or purple, so patients do not need to worry.
Patients will likely be sore following the procedure. Expect to find some blood in the saliva. Patients can also take over-the-counter pain medications to reduce pain and swelling. Keep an ice pack on the outside portion of the face to reduce the swelling. Put it on and off in 15-minute increments across the first 24 hours following the procedure. Try to rest by elevating the head slightly.
Do not do much on the first day or two following the procedure. Maintain a clean mouth, rinse the mouth with the mouthwash recommended by the dentist and do not brush or floss the treated space. Adhere to a diet of soft foods following the procedure. Avoid food that can get stuck in the space between the gums and the teeth. If the patient experiences an elevated temperature, excessive bleeding or severe pain, contact the dentist for assistance.
Patients who do not like the idea of metal tools near the mouth will enjoy the LANAP procedure. However, this procedure may not be for everyone. If you are considering the LANAP procedure or another oral health solution, contact us today. Schedule an appointment so we can take a look at your mouth, develop an oral health treatment plan unique to your needs and ultimately enhance your health.
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