Did you know that gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults today? Advanced gum disease impacts the support system for the teeth, creating pockets that expose tooth roots and reduce tooth stability. Our dental care team in Bensalem offers comprehensive dental care, including solutions for periodontal disease. We offer LANAP to treat advanced disease or periodontitis. LANAP is a unique, minimally invasive procedure that can restore health to gums that have been severely impacted by disease.
LANAP: How Does It Work?
The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP, uses the benefits of laser energy to treat only diseased tissue while stimulating the body’s natural healing response. Our dental care team will place the ultra-thin laser wire into and along the gum line where the gums have been damaged and pockets have developed around tooth roots. The laser heat energy will eradicate bacteria and stimulate the development of a blood clot that will support regeneration of healthy tissue. As the gums heal, soft tissue and supporting bone will begin to regenerate.
LANAP is completed over two visits, each one dedicated to treating one side of the mouth. After your visits, you can expect to experience some minor swelling and discomfort around treated areas for a couple of days. We will provide post-treatment instructions such as a recommended diet and oral hygiene to ensure you enjoy a good result. Despite some minor restrictions, most patients resume their normal routine quickly.
Am I a candidate for LANAP?
The first step to determine if LANAP os the right solution for your needs is to schedule a visit with one of our dentists. After an exam, we can discuss your treatment options and what results you can expect. LANAP is often an available option for most patients, including those who may have been told that oral surgery was their only option.
Is LANAP covered by dental insurance?
This will vary and depend upon your specific policy and covered services. We will work with you to determine if there are available dental benefits. We also offer other payment options including third-party financing.
Is LANAP a painful treatment?
Most patients experience only mild discomfort with the use of a local anesthetic.
How long do results last?
Results from treatment with LANAP are permanent if you continue to support your oral health with good oral hygiene and routine dental care. A key element of a successful outcome is determining the underlying cause of advanced gum disease and addressing this as part fo your treatment. Our dental care team will work with you to provide personalized hygiene advice and dental care.