LANAP, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is a Laser Surgical procedure, performed with a specific ND:YAG wavelength laser, that allows for targeted removal of diseased gum tissue, in a minimally invasive manner that creates faster and in most cases, more comfortable healing than traditional gum surgery.
At first, the laser removes diseased tissue and begins to loosen the calculus, or tartar from the root surface of the tooth. The laser light targets the tissue that is infected with bacteria but leaves the healthy or “un-infected” tissue alone.
Then, fine ultra-sonic instruments are utilized to remove the calculus and prepare the root for reattachment of the gums.
Finally, the laser is used on a different setting to close up the surgical area and allow for FIBRIN, which is the body’s own “bandage” to seal off the site and allow for healing to begin from underneath the gums in a comfortable and thorough manner.
Your occlusion, or “bite” will be addressed and adjusted to create a “splint” for your teeth . By allowing your teeth to remain in repose, the healing can occur in an even manner. In some cases, Dr. Lehrman will have your dentist splint your teeth together with a temporary material. Similar to a cast on a broken bone. Dr. Lehrman aims to create an environment that will allow for the forces on teeth and gums to be controlled, so that you can have a comfortable experience.
After surgery, a special diet and specific home- care instructions will be given to you as well as be made available to you on our website. It is important that you maintain your hygiene like in any other post-op period , as well maintain your regular maintenance visits with your regular dentist. If you don’t have a dentist, Dr. Lehrman can perform the maintenance visits or recommend someone that fits your needs.