History of LANAP
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a common oral health issue that develops as a result of a bacterial infection. Bacteria cause the gums to become irritated and inflamed. Without treatment, gum disease worsens over time, and can ultimately lead to tooth loss. Treatment is essential for stopping the progression of the disease and restoring the health of your mouth. Karl Zeren DDS can restore your oral health with the help of LANAP.
What is LANAP?
LANAP stands for laser-assisted new attachment procedure. It is an FDA-approved laser that is used to treat periodontal disease. The laser uses a thin, concentrated beam of light that effectively targets and removes infected gum disease. The wavelength of the laser can also be adjusted to disinfect and seal periodontal pockets as well as aid in the regeneration of new tissue.
How Does LANAP Work?
Treatment with LANAP is performed under a local anesthetic. This ensures that you do not feel any discomfort during your procedure. Your periodontal pockets are measured, which allows us to determine how severe the damage is. We then begin your treatment.
With LANAP, we can target and remove infected gum tissue. The laser is incredibly accurate. This allows us to remove only the necessary tissue, leaving more of your healthy tissue intact. The laser is then used to remove bacteria from the periodontal pockets. At the same time, the laser also functions to break up deposits on the teeth. This helps to make the teeth easier to scrape clean. After the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, the laser is used to disinfect and sterilize the pockets. It also helps to form a clot and stimulate the growth of new tissue. With LANAP, not only is treatment less invasive, but it also helps you to heal more effectively after your treatment is complete.
The Development of LANAP
Lasers have been around for quite some time. The idea of laser technology came about through Albert Einstein. It was not until the 1960s, though, that laser technology became a reality. The first lasers used ruby as its active laser medium. This type of laser emitted irregular pulses. It was found that these types of laser could vaporize enamel, but there were concerns over harming the pulp inside the teeth.
With more research and development, CO2 and erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet lasers were developed. These lasers were able to treat soft tissues and hard tissues. In 1990, the first dental-specific lasers for clinical use were introduced.
Today, there are many types of dental lasers that allow us to perform many different procedures, many of which traditionally require invasive methods. With lasers, we can provide less invasive, more effective care. There are lasers for teeth whitening, removing soft tissue, and treating bone. There are also lasers that allow us to detect different issues such as cavities and oral cancer. LANAP is a type of soft tissue laser that enables us to treat periodontal disease through regeneration. In addition to providing effective treatment, LANAP is much less invasive and reduces healing after your treatment is complete.
With LANAP, we can provide you with a much less invasive, yet highly effective, treatment for gum disease. For more information, and to find out if LANAP is right for you, call Karl Zeren DDS at (410) 316-6141 today.