Gum Disease Laser Dentistry with LANAP
True Regeneration with LANAP
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)
LANAP is a conservative surgical procedure that has been developed and refined over the course of the last 25 years to provide a minimally-invasive alternative to traditional periodontal surgery. If you have been diagnosed with any level of inflammatory periodontal disease, you are likely a candidate for LANAP.
The LANAP Protocol has recently been shown to REGENERATE NEW BONE
A recent FDA Clearance for a new designation LAR = Laser Assisted Regeneration
This is a clinical outcome that NO OTHER LASER HAS BEEN SHOWN TO ACHIEVE
When periodontal disease progresses to it later stages, teeth can become loose, and gums can recede. Bad breath often accompanies periodontal disease. Plaque which builds up on the teeth becomes hardened into tartar, or calculus, and cannot be removed with a toothbrush or floss. Deep cleanings can remove this calculus buildup and restore the mouth to a healthy state if the disease has not progressed too far.
Once the bone and attachment have been compromised, more invasive treatments are often necessary to treat the condition. This is where LANAP fits into the picture.
If you have been told that the bone around your teeth is gone, and can never grow back, do yourself a favor, and schedule an appointment at my office for a second opinion. As the only LANAP clinician in the Buffalo area, I may be the only person around who can give your body the best opportunity to heal and regenerate. If I think I can help you grow back some of the bone you’ve lost, I would more than happy to offer you that opportunity!
Call us at Buffalo TMJ - Functional Craniomandibular Rehabilitation Phone Number 716-675-5858 with any questions about LANAP or to schedule an appointment with Buffalo TMJ.
Gum Disease Laser Therapy
Don’t Be Fooled!
Dr. Dolgos is the only dentist in the Buffalo Area to offer LANAP, the most significant technological advancement in surgical periodontal treatment in decades.
The acronym stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, and it is the ONLY laser protocol that has been scientifically shown to result in bone regeneration and new connective tissue attachment of the gums to the teeth.
There LANAP protocol utilizes a Free-Running, Pulsed Nd:YAG laser, called the Periolase MVP-7 (shown left), which emits a very specific wavelength of light energy, which is delivered to the tissue in a very specific way. Other lasers with different wavelengths using different protocols are not backed by research, and do not produce the same results. Visit Millennium Dental Technologies website for more detailed information about the Periolase MVP-7.
There are numerous advantages to choosing LANAP as opposed to the conventional surgical procedures, which require a scalpel and sutures. A few are outlined below.
With LANAP, there is less post-operative bleeding, minimized swelling, and quicker recovery. The stress and anxiety often associated with gum surgery is significantly reduced when you experience a relaxed, effective, and essentially pain-free laser procedure. In addition, postoperative sensitivity is greatly reduced, and recovery time is much quicker than with traditional methods. In fact, due to the less-invasive nature of the laser technique, the mouth begins to heal immediately after work is completed.
Reduced Risk of Infection
The laser’s high-energy light beam acts as a sterilizer on the area it is working, thereby reducing the risk of bacterial infections and relapses. As the laser is used during the first stage of the surgery, all subsequent stages are done in a cleaner environment. The mouth is not a sterile environment, but this procedure ensures that the dangerous bacteria that cause this destructive disease are minimized from the very beginning.
Because LANAP is a FULL MOUTH PROTOCOL, there is less chance that hidden pockets of periodontal disease will remain after your treatment to recontaminate the mouth. Gum disease, after all, is not bound by zoning restrictions. If you have been told you have the disease only in one area of the mouth, you may want to consider the validity of that statement. The gum tissues form one continuous barrier in the mouth, and are also continuous with the lining of the entire digestive system.
Because a laser is used, less tissue needs to be removed in order to reach the desired objective. This means no sutures, and less gum recession after surgery. As with many other types of surgery (arthroscopic, lasik, laparoscopic, etc), this represents a step in the direction of more conservative surgical treatments for gum disease. Doesn’t it sound like a good idea to treat a disease in the most minimally invasive method
A recent study shows that in the US, 46% of adults (67 million people) have periodontal disease. The condition was found to be severe almost 9% of the time. The main reason periodontal disease becomes severe is lack of early diagnosis and treatment.
Periodontal disease often exists in the absence of obvious symptoms such as pain and/or swelling, so many people who have periodontal disease are unaware of its presence. If your gums bleed when you floss, this is an indication of inflammation of the gums, and a thorough examination can determine if you are at risk.
One of the main reasons people do not follow through with definitive treatment for periodontal disease is the fear associated with traditional surgery. This is where LANAP provides an excellent alternative.
The Periolase MVP-7 can also be used to stabilize failing dental implants. Rather than having these fixtures removed surgically, grafted, and new dental implants placed (or not), the Periolase MVP-7 can be used to disinfect the bone and gum tissue around the implant, and help it to heal. In many cases, bone which has been lost can be regenerated. What is the down side to attempting to save a failing implant using a minimally-invasive technique? You might still lose your implant, but you might just save it! More and more evidence is accumulating in favor of the ability of the Periolase and the LAPIP protocol to save otherwise hopeless dental implants.
Dr. Dolgos can treat a variety of conditions using the Periolase, such as cold sores, oral ulcers, numbness following injury, facial paralysis, amalgam tattoos, and hyperpigmentation (dark gums). He can also remove those dark blue or purple spots that can appear on the lips as a result of chronic trauma or weakness in the blood vessels (hemangiomas).
Additionally, the Periolase MVP-& is showing promise in the treatment of Bisphosphanate-Induced Osteonecrosis of the Jaw, with conservative treatment of the lesions showing significant signs of healing after laser biostimulation.
The Periolase MVP-7 is a free-running, pulsed Nd:YAG laser, which means that it emits a light that is absorbed readily by darkly pigmented tissues. It seems to have healing effects that are far beyond our ability to understand with current scientific knowledge. Ancient texts from many different cultures suggest that light is the key to understanding what we are, who we are, and why we are here. In my opinion, we shouldn’t be too surprised that it is light that has the most profound healing effects on our physical bodies.