The LANAP® Procedure in Hendersonville, Asheville & Brevard, NC
(Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
Basic Steps of the LANAP® Protocol
Advanced gum disease requires advanced treatment with a reputable periodontist in the Asheville, NC area such as Dr. Glenn J. Shefter and Dr. Greg S. Fertik. Moderate to severe gum disease, called periodontitis, is a serious oral infection in which bacteria living deep inside of the periodontal pockets start to damage the tissues and bones that support the teeth.
The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) is today’s leading gum disease treatment for moderate to severe periodontal disease because it is gentle, extremely effective, backed by strong medical research, and can even generate new bone growth to make your teeth strong and healthy again.
The LANAP® Procedure: Modern Gum disease treatment with Dr. Shefter and Dr. Fertik
1. Determining pocket depths
: The first step in laser gum disease treatment is to find out how deep the periodontal pockets are and how much connective tissue has been destroyed using a small ruler designed to measure these areas.
2. Eliminating bacteria
: To get rid of bacteria between the teeth and gums, Dr. Shefter and Dr. Fertik use the PerioLase® MVP-7™ which is one of the most advanced and well documented dental lasers available. The laser sends gentle beams of therapeutic light right between the teeth and gums to eliminate the bacteria and diseased tissue without harming any healthy, nearby tissue. Unlike traditional gum disease treatment, using laser to remove bacteria is very tolerable.
3. Removing Tartar (calculus)
: Ultrasonic scaling instruments are used to remove tartar buildup beneath the gum line and on the root surfaces of the teeth. The laser may also be used to assist in breaking up the particles before they are removed.
4. Clotting blood
: Using the laser, small blood clots are created around the teeth by manipulating bits of bone and blood until a sticky seal is formed. This natural barrier blocks bacteria and germs from getting in while the gums heal.
5. Compressing gum tissue
: Instead of using stitches to reattach gum tissue to the root surfaces, we simply compress the tissue against the tooth surface and the reattachment happens naturally.
6. Adjusting the bite
: Adjusting the bite is the last step in laser gum disease treatment, and is particularly important for patients with bone loss. This ensures that the teeth are properly aligned and that no trauma was sustained during the procedure.
Advanced gum disease requires advanced treatment with a reputable periodontist in the Asheville, NC area. For gentle, state of the art gum disease treatment, consider LANAP® with Dr. Shefter and Dr. Fertik. Please call us today for your friendly, personalized consultation.