LANAP targets bacteria and diseased tissue only, so the surgical wound is limited to a smaller treatment area.
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP, is the first and only FDA approved protocol to treat periodontitis. It works by use of an Nd:YAG laser that is only available to those practitioners who attend special hands on training prior to use in private practice patients. Since this therapy is minimally invasive, no sutures will be placed, and typically patients have less post operative complications. LANAP targets bacteria and diseased tissue only, so the surgical wound is limited to a smaller treatment area. No healthy tissue is removed, and there is less recession following LANAP. Lastly, the laser uses the body’s own biology to seal the surgical sites with a clot. When maintained appropriately, this clot leads to the healing of the hard and soft tissues, thus controlling periodontal disease. Below you will find the steps of LANAP, along with an animation video.
As you can see, a perio probe is used to measure the pockets. Then the laser is used to vaporize bacteria, diseased tissue, and pathologic proteins. An ultrasonic scaler is used to remove calculus or tartar from the root surfaces, and then the laser is used again to seal the area with a clot. The bite is adjusted, and over the course of therapy new attachment is regenerated.