LANAP is a patient-friendly, minimally-invasive procedure to deal with Gingivitis.
Calculus deposits harbor bacteria which infect the gums. In early stages, this is called Gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush your teeth. Many people experience bad breath and an unpleasant taste in their mouths as well. Unchecked, Gingivitis progresses to Periodontitis, a much more serious form of the disease where periodontal pockets are formed, separating teeth from the gums and supporting bone structure. Without treatment, infection becomes severe and the pockets deepen, resulting in tooth loss.
The way to repair the damage is to get rid of the infection and close up the pockets. Until now, that meant surgery and sutures. But today, many dentists offer the LANAP® Protocol, a patient-friendly, minimally-invasive procedure that's a great improvement over standard gum surgery.
In most cases, your dentist will schedule a consultation to explain how the laser works and give you a demonstration. Next, the dentist will take X-rays to make a definitive diagnosis and determine the extent of the infection. When you return for your first LANAP® Procedure treatment, you'll receive a local anesthetic to eliminate any possible discomfort. A general anesthetic isn't necessary because the LANAP® Procedure is much less traumatic. A tiny laser fiber (about the thickness of three hairs) is inserted between the tooth and the gum, and the infection is cleared away. The procedure is fast: It takes just two 2-hour sessions. Your dentist will treat one-half of your mouth at each session... and you'll probably feel good enough to go right back to work afterward.