Benefits of LANAP Nd:YAG™
If non-surgical gum disease treatment cannot treat a patient’s condition sufficiently, our periodontists typically recommend LANAP Nd:YAG™ (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure). Through the use of advanced laser technology, LANAP Nd:YAG™ removes damaged tissue without affecting the surrounding areas that remain healthy. Since it is a minimally-invasive procedure, candidacy for this option is more open, as those who typically could not undergo surgery due to medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, and others) are now eligible.
Additionally, the LANAP Nd:YAG™ laser treatment holds the following advantages:
- Bladeless procedure without sutures
- Stimulates gum regeneration
- Virtually no pain or swelling
- Minimal gum recession
- No bone grafting
- Faster recovery
- Long-lasting results
Our patients who have undergone LANAP Nd:YAG™ often reflect on their experience with positive feedback, saying they would recommend it to others. It is typically an overall more comfortable experience compared to traditional surgery, which tends to ease patients fears of undergoing such comprehensive care. Should patients still have anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry to calm their nerves throughout the process.
We encourage anyone interested in learning more about the procedure to contact us today with questions, or to schedule a consultation. With the proven link between gum disease and systemic health concerns like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, we can conclude that LANAP Nd:YAG™ not only improves oral health, but can also reduce risks to the patient’s overall body health.
LANAP Nd:YAG™ FAQs
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.
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.
The LANAP™ Process
With the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP Nd:YAG™), Dr. Sam Morhaim and Dr. Navid Baradarian are able to effectively treat periodontal disease in a minimally invasive procedure, followed by a more comfortable recovery period. We consistently receive positive feedback from patients who have undergone the laser gum treatment, with many recommending the procedure to others.
Our team is pleased to offer this revolutionary procedure to patients, as it has significantly improved the traditional process of treating periodontal disease. For more details regarding LANAP Nd:YAG™, you can schedule a consultation with one of our certified periodontists.
The LANAP Nd:YAG™ Treatment
One of our experienced periodontists at Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates will begin the LANAP Nd:YAG™ treatment by administering a local anesthetic. A tiny laser device is guided between your gums and teeth to remove damaged tissue caused by bacteria. This technique is designed to target infected gums without harming the surrounding tissue. Next, a small ultrasonic device is used to clean and remove tartar from your teeth and roots. The sound waves cause vibrations that help loosen deposits as water flushes them away. Finally, the laser is used again to sterilize the tissue and bone while sealing the gums, stimulating the healing process. The LANAP Nd:YAG™ is typically performed in two, two-hour visits, addressing the upper gums in one visit and the lower gums in the other.
LANAP Nd:YAG™ Recovery
The laser technology can effectively remove tissue affected by gum disease with minimal discomfort. The LANAP Nd:YAG™ is also a faster procedure compared to traditional surgery, and since it targets only the damaged tissue, less of your gum tissue will need to be removed. As a result, patients usually require less recovery time and typically experience less pain and swelling. We have found that people can often return to work the next day.
Over the next three months, your periodontist will monitor the progression of your healing. By doing so, he can ensure you are recovering properly and address any complications, should they arise. Additionally, as your gums heal, your may experience a slight shift in your teeth. To counter this, your periodontist will make any occlusal adjustments.
If you are interested in learning more about the LANAP Nd:YAG™ process, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled periodontists, please feel free to contact us.