How the LANAP Protocol Works:
After numbing the areas with local anesthetic. A thin optic fiber is placed in the periodontal pocket, and
1) A first pass with the laser is accomplished to:
a) selectively remove harmful periodontal bacteria. Periodontal bacteria and pathogenic proteins are selectively destroyed by the laser’s light energy, providing a clean surgical environment that allows healing.
b) remove the diseased, infected and inflamed pocket epithelium while preserving healthy connective tissue, literally separating the tissue layers.
c) reduce tenacity of the calcified plaque and calculus adherent to the root surface, so its removal is more easily accomplished.
2) Ultrasonic scalers are then used to removed the softened calcified bacteria (calculus) from the root surfaces.
3) A second pass with the laser is accomplished to achieve clotting (hemostasis).
No sutures or surgical glue is needed. The clot acts as a “band-aid” protecting the treated areas.
4) Severely mobile teeth are splinted and the bite adjusted to remove interferences and provide occlusal balance.
Finally, post-operative instructions specific to the LANAP protocol, diet guidelines and oral hygiene instructions are explained. Continued follow up and periodontal maintenance is scheduled.