Advanced Dentistry of Philadelphia
Pallavi Batra, DMD
General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA
The LANAP® protocol is a less painful, more successful approach to treating gum disease than traditional surgery. Pallavi Batra, DMD, and the team at Advanced Dentistry of Philadelphia perform no-cut, no-sew LANAP surgery at their office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To find out if you’re a candidate for LANAP surgery, call or request an appointment online today.
LANAP Surgery Q&A
What is LANAP surgery?
The LANAP protocol is an FDA-cleared laser treatment for gum disease. This comprehensive approach uses the latest technology in dentistry to provide you with virtually painless gum disease treatment.
The LANAP protocol uses an Nd:YAG pulsed laser to remove only the diseased gum tissue without damaging any of the healthy tissue surrounding it.
This advanced technology maintains tissue volume around your teeth, minimizes discomfort, and closes the periodontal pocket wound so healing can take place.
Effectively controlling periodontal disease makes it possible to save and restore teeth that would otherwise have to be extracted.
What does LANAP surgery entail?
First, the team at Advanced Dentistry of Philadelphia uses a perio probe to indicate the excessive pocket depth in your diseased gum. They remove bacteria and diseased tissue with the laser, eliminating the need for cutting and stitching your gums.
Then, they use an ultrasonic scaler and specialized instruments to remove tartar from the root surface. The laser finishes cleaning the pocket and seals it so germs can’t enter. This allows healing to occur.
What are the benefits of LANAP over conventional surgery?
The LANAP protocol offers many benefits over traditional periodontal surgery, including:
- Less pain
- Less bleeding
- Less swelling
- Reduced gum loss
- Lower risk of infection
- Promotes healthy gum regeneration
The recovery process is also faster and more comfortable with LANAP than with conventional surgery.
What is the recovery like after LANAP surgery?
After a LANAP procedure, the team at Advanced Dentistry of Philadelphia provides you with specific instructions on how to care for your gums at home. This includes following a liquid diet for three days, followed by soft, mushy foods for four days.
Don’t be alarmed if you see changes in the color or appearance of your gum tissue after the LANAP protocol. This is a normal response to laser treatments. Other common side effects include:
- Light bleeding
- Mild swelling
- Soreness or tenderness
- Tooth sensitivity
- Medicinal taste from the prescription mouth rinse
To maximize your recovery, reduce your physical activity for several hours after the procedure. Don’t rinse your mouth on the day of treatment, and avoid brushing or flossing the area for 10-14 days.
To learn more about the LANAP protocol, call Advanced Dentistry of Philadelphia or book an appointment online today.