LANAP Periodontal Treatment
In the past, the standard treatment for moderate to severe gum disease was gum surgery. This was often a painful procedure with long recovery times.
Today Dr. Reeves uses Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) treatment that offers a patient-friendly alternative to gum surgery. LANAP is the only FDA-cleared protocol for the regeneration of the structures that support your teeth and reattachment of gum tissue
For you, this means shorter treatment times, less discomfort and pain, and significantly shorter recovery times.
During the procedure, a tiny fiber is placed gently between gum and teeth and gets rid of diseased tissue inside the periodontal pocket. The fiber selectively removes diseased tissue and kills germs that cause gum infections while it leaves healthy tissue unharmed. Ultrasonic root cleaners are used to vibrate away deposits from the roots and flush them with an antibacterial rinse.
Once these surfaces are cleaned, Dr. Reeves uses the lasers a second time at the bottom of the pocket to remove remaining debris and sterilize the pocket, soft tissue, roots, and bone. The treatment causes blood to clot and creates a seal around teeth. Once a seal is formed, we have a clean, closed, and stable environment where healing can begin.
The procedure is usually done under a local anesthetic and takes place over two appointments. We treat one half of your mouth at the first appointment and the other half at your second.
LANAP benefits patients who have moderate to severe gum disease, and it’s also an excellent option for patients who don’t wish to undergo cut-and-stitch gum surgery.