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With the state-of-the-art Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP Nd:YAG, we are able to offer patients an improved method of treating gum disease. The protocol holds numerous benefits compared to traditional surgery, and our team at Great Neck Dental Associates is pleased to offer such a revolutionary procedure.

Find answers to commonly asked questions regarding the procedure below, and our periodontists encourage you to contact us if you would like more information, or to schedule a consultation.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal, or gum, disease occurs when the gums becoming infected. As plaque and tartar accumulate, the gums surrounding the teeth become infected. Gingivitis–the beginning stage of gum disease–can produce symptoms such as bleeding, swollen gums, chronic bad breath, and sensitivity in the mouth. If left untreated, the disease will progress to periodontitis — the most severe stage — and can lead to a number of periodontal health risks and even risks to your overall health. As periodontal disease worsens, people may find their teeth are loose and can even begin losing them as a result of gum and tooth damage.

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How does the LANAP Nd:YAG procedure work?

LANAP Nd:YAG utilizes laser technology to remove bacteria and damaged tissue for patients with moderate to severe periodontal disease. The device is moved between your gums and teeth, targeting infected tissue while leaving surrounding, healthy tissue unharmed. It is a minimally-invasive procedure that offers patients a quicker and more comfortable treatment for periodontal disease.

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Is the process painful?

LANAP Nd:YAG is often significantly more comfortable for patients when compared to traditional gum disease surgery. Many of our patients explain how the procedure was much better than they expected and would undergo the procedure again, if necessary.

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How many treatments are needed?

Patients undergoing LANAP Nd:YAG can typically achieve optimal results in two visits that are up to two hours long.

What can I expect during my recovery from LANAP Nd:YAG?

Following laser gum treatment, patients can expect little to no downtime. Many can even return to work the next day. Since no sutures or cutting is involved, the healing process is often expedited and more comfortable. Your periodontist will monitor the progress of your recovery over the next three months.

Contact Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates

If you would like more information about LANAP Nd:YAG, or if you have any further questions about the procedure, we encourage you to contact us today.