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Understanding the Importance of LANAP in Periodontal Treatment

Periodontitis is a serious gum disease that can cause inflammation, bleeding, and even tooth loss. Traditionally, surgical treatments have been the standard for treating periodontitis. However, recent advancements in laser technology have led to the development of the LANAP (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) protocol, which is a less invasive and more effective treatment option for periodontitis.

How LANAP Works

LANAP is a minimally invasive treatment that utilizes laser technology to remove diseased tissue and promote the regeneration of healthy tissue. The procedure begins with the insertion of a small laser fiber between the gum and the tooth. The laser is then used to remove the infected tissue and disinfect the area. The laser also stimulates the growth of new tissue and bone around the tooth.

Benefits of LANAP

There are several benefits of LANAP over traditional periodontal surgery. First, LANAP is a minimally invasive procedure that requires no cutting or sutures, which means less pain, swelling, and downtime for the patient. Second, LANAP is a more targeted treatment that only removes diseased tissue, leaving healthy tissue intact. This results in less trauma to the gums and a faster healing time. Third, LANAP has been shown to be more effective than traditional surgery in promoting the regeneration of new tissue and bone around the tooth.

LANAP vs. Traditional Surgery

Traditional periodontal surgery involves cutting and suturing the gums to remove infected tissue and promote healing. This can be a painful and invasive procedure that requires a longer recovery time. In contrast, LANAP is a less invasive and more targeted treatment that promotes healing with less trauma to the gums. Additionally, traditional surgery has a higher risk of complications such as bleeding, infection, and gum recession.

Recovery and Aftercare

After the LANAP procedure, patients can expect minimal discomfort and swelling. The healing time is usually faster than traditional surgery, and most patients can return to their normal activities within a day or two. Patients are advised to maintain good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting their dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups.

LANAP is a minimally invasive and effective treatment option for periodontitis. It offers several benefits over traditional surgery, including less pain, faster healing time, and more targeted treatment. With its high success rate and minimal side effects, LANAP is quickly becoming the preferred treatment option for patients with periodontitis. If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontitis, talk to your dentist about the benefits of LANAP and whether it is the right treatment option for you.

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