LANAP®, or the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is one of the newest and most advanced procedures for the treatment of periodontal disease. It is a FDA-approved treatment for chronic inflammatory gum disease. The laser works initially in the space between the gum and the tooth (periodontal pockets) to kill bacteria inside of the pocket, which was the source of the problem. The laser can see the difference between healthy and diseased tissue and selectively destroys diseased tissue, and can see where the bacteria is and specifically kills it as well. The laser seals the gum up against the tooth, creating a clean, disinfected, closed and stable environment for the body to kick in its own natural defenses and healing capacity.
The procedure is exceptionally selective and safe. There are no incisions or stitches involved in the procedure.
While in some cases of Periodontal disease, traditional gum surgery might still be the treatment modality of choice, LANAP® is generally a viable alternative for most patients. Dr. Liu will give you advice of treatment options after a thorough evaluation of your periodontal and dental condition.